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Top 5 American Food Magazines

Whether you’re a foodie at heart or are simply looking for some new recipes to try, you’ll be sure to find a magazine you love in our list of top 5 American food magazines! Below you will discover a range of publications, both niche and widely read, which produce a wide range of articles on everything from party-throwing tips to the relationship between food and the economy!


1. Bon Appétit: One of the most popular food and entertaining magazines in the United States, Bon Appétit is known for its extensive collection of recipes, tips for hosting dinner parties, and articles on food culture. On their website, Bon Appétit has also created two themed sections of online content: Healthyish (which is dedicated to articles, recipes, trends, and news on healthy eating) and Basically (which is dedicated to simple recipes, basic cooking tips, and how-to articles for those who don’t yet know how to cook).


2. Cook’s Illustrated: Advertisement-free, Cook’s Illustrated is known for its extensive recipe-testing and instructions. The magazine is based on the founder Christopher Kimball’s philosophy that “there is a single best way to make a dish” – as a result, each issue publishes only ten recipes that have been thoroughly tested and are explained to readers in great detail. This publication, published every two months, further includes evaluations of cooking tools and food brands.


3. Gather Journal: This recipe-driven publication centers each issue around a theme or “concept.” Past concepts have included heroines, sins, the 1970s, and magic. With its striking photography and incredibly artistic design, this creative independent food magazine will surely catch your eye!


4. Gastronomica: Published by the University of California Press beginning in 2001, Gastronomica: the Journal for Critical Food Studies is a good read for the intellectually curious. This academic publication allows for a diverse number of voices – scholars, activists, and consumers alike – from around the world to examine issues of food in terms of art, social justice, economics, history, and more!



5. Cherry Bombe: This biannual magazines celebrates women and food! Discover stories, interviews, recipes, illustrations, and photography from inspiring women who have forged their roles in the food industry as writers, chefs, and designers!




  1. Niche: refers to something that appeals, is known to, or appreciated by only a small portion of the population

  2. Philosophy: refers to a belief held by a person or organization that guides their work, behaviors, and attitudes

  3. Concept: refers to an abstract or general idea

  4. Intellectually curious: this common phrase refers to those who are interested in investing time to learn, simply because they want to

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Anna Deen is a student at Washington University in St. Louis studying English Literature, American Culture Studies, and Communication Design. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the mountains, going to art museums, and eating ice cream.

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