This magazine is fun and upbeat. The pictures are bright and colorful but more importantly they add to the text. If the text is about cooking a steak for example the pictures will be clear and easy to understand and will fully document what the text is saying. There are many many recipes. One section actually has a pull out shopping list and menus for a week. A great magazine. Well worth the money.
I love this magazine! It's got a little bit of everything in it. She even cooks for her dog. What's not to like?
Lot's of Great Stuff
I bought this subscription for my Mom one year, and she loved it. I cannot stand to listen to R. Ray's voice and I think my Mom feel's the same way, but her recipe's are pretty good.
Mom very pleased
I got this magazine for my Mom for her birthday. She just got the 1st issue & had to call to tell me how much she loved it. She has already picked out recipes to try. Thank you
The Perky One Shall Rule Them All
Rachael Ray's "Everyday" magazine (clearly modeled on Martha Stewart Everyday,but with a Gen X&Y appeal) is a mixed bag of goodies for foodies. It's colorful, fairly kitschy (I'm not surprised Ray will be partying with Perez Hilton at SXSW),the recipes easy to read and follow. It's the food equivalent to PEOPLE magazine with its coverage of celebrities and vacation destinations. Ray has interviewed Dennis Quaid,Jimmy Kimmel, and Barbara Walters on their refrigerator contents. Other celebrities chime in with what they've had for breakfast, lunch and dinner (as if I really care)
There are useful recipes. Ray's macaroni and cheese made with cream cheese, broccoli, and carrots is different and delicious. The lemon pasta is light and savory. The chicken stew made with red wine and dried fruits is hearty and flavorful. However,Ray also comes up with some really unholy food combinations (think of the hamburger topped with mashed potatoes she cooked up with Craig Ferguson) that are reminiscent of the '50s. Gastroanomalies indeed.
"Everyday" is fun,light reading. It's NOT for serious cooks. It IS accessible. It's good for occasional perusing,but not worth a subscription. It's a snack, not a meal.
Bad news....no nutritional info for any recipe
This magazine is slick.....great recipes, wonderful photo's, useful tips. The bad news is that they consciously choose not to put any nutritional information in for any of their recipes. I do not cook anything that I don't know the nutritional info for......maybe a bit health-nutty, but I try to watch what I eat and altho her recipes looked great, I never made one dish from the magazine. I find it ironic that people have brought this to the magazine's attention and they still choose to lose readers rather than change.
I am not renewing my subscription for this reason alone.
A fun magazine to read through but for me, the recipes would be a stretch. I just didn't find a lot of recipes that would work for my family.Lots of good ideas but it isn't for everyone.
Letting my subscription lapse...
I've subscribed to this magazine for several years, and I admire Rachels' perkiness and I do enjoy some of the articles. The problem I have is none of the recipes really appeal to me. Either they are strange, example: "Elvis Styled Grilled Banana Sundaes" or just not appealing "Salami, White Bean and Water Cress Crostini." She focuses a lot on pasta dishes, dishes with tomato, appetizers which are fine, but not tempting, and I don't find they have as much family appeal. The non-holiday months are fairly generic, although I admit I do like the Fall and December issues.
There are also articles that focus on clothing, travel and the psychology of shopping. I would suggest buying a few issues and seeing if her style and tastes are yours.
Bland Boring Food
My husband and I got a subscription for this magazine in an attempt to broaden our weekday meal repertoire, and we were sadly disappointed. The food is very bland with a lot of the recipes consisting of sausage and eggs. Most of the recipes just had salt and pepper as their main spice. When we live in such multicultural society, I would expect that it would be reflected in the recipes. Her fried rice (the only Asian-inspired food) did not even contain soy sauce or oyster sauce, and the only other ethnically inspired food represented in this magazine was Americanized Mexican. We tried the weekly menu planner and by day four, both my husband and I were craving something with taste. I would recommend the Gourmet today cookbook over getting a subscription to this magazine.