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How Good is Good Food?
BBC Good Food
Member Name: AJ26
BBC Good Food
Advantages: Good recipes, clear instructions, lots of photos
Disadvantages: Not a magazine for those who don't like cooking
How Good is Good Food?
The Good Food magazine is a monthly cookery magazine produced by the BBC and claims to be the UKís Number 1 food magazine. It costs £2.90 per issue but if you subscribe it can work out as little as £2.33 delivered direct to your door. I am lucky enough to receive my Good Food magazine as a wedding anniversary present from my mother and father-in-law, maybe they think I need some help in feeding their son!
Inside there is a recipe index divided into Starters, Vegetarian, Fish, Meat, Chicken Duck and Game, Baking and Desserts. Each is colour coded to show easy recipes, ones that serve only 1 or 2 people, low fat (12g or less of fat per portion), superhealthy (less than 5g of fat and low in sugar and salt), special diet, kids will love these and healthy options. This index is useful for when you want to find a recipe for beef for example or when you are trying to find a particular recipe from a back issue.
Make it Tonight
This section has simple and quick recipes which take no more than 5-10 min preparation time. This month the recipes include minted salmon and pea fishcakes, chunky sausage and tomato pasta, creamy waldorf potato topper, pork chops with fruity red cabbage, thai squash and pineapple curry and spice and lime chicken. Each recipe gives an estimated price per portion, whether it is freezable or not, nutritional information and ideas to adapt the recipe to your taste.
Take a PackÖ.
This section each month takes a different ingredient (this month it is spaghetti) and gives you 4 different ideas of things you can make with it.
Pick of the month
Looks at what fresh ingredients are in season at the moment (this month its cavelo nero (a type of cabbage), pumpkin, quince and pear) they then give you a recipe for each of the ingredients. I like the look of the pear and custard tart.
The Complete Guide
This month it is about braising. And we have a recipe for chicken and chunky vegetables which features on the front cover. We have various lamb, beef and pork recipes and also a fennel with tomatoes and white wine for the vegetarians.
Freeze Ahead Special
These are recipes from TV chefs especially designed for you to freeze for when you want a quick and easy meal. Paul Rankin gives us an Irish Stew, Nigella gives us a Vegetarian Chilli with cornbread topping, James Tanner does a Seafood lasagne with parmesan and parsley crust and Nick Nairn does a quick chicken cassoulet.
Itís the Weekend
Is a section of relaxed entertaining and cooking for pleasure. There is a recipe for 7hour lamb, it supposedly takes 7 hours in the oven but only 7mins preparation by the cook! I donít think I will be trying this one. There is also recipes for an Indian supper, I am not a big fan of Indian food but the Laddoos which are a type of Indian-style fudge made from condensed milk and coconut sound really nice.
They encourage you to start preparing for Christmas and there are recipes for Mulled Wine Christmas Cake, Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies.
A different chef each month gives advice and recipes. This month Gordon Ramsay does a mix and match supper. There are 3 steaks, 3 sauces and 3 side dishes for you to choose which ones you prefer. He starts by giving advice on how to choose your steak, the preparation, cooking and the recipes. There are photos as well as clear written instructions.
In this section the magazine gives advice on healthy food and how to improve your diet. We are given foods to boost our immune system and how to make your lunch more healthy.
This month there is a £2 voucher off a box of Thorntons Continental chocolates.
This selection gives a review of the different food programmes on television this month and a selection of the recipes from them.
I love food and enjoy cooking (well most of the time) and I like trying new things so thatís why I enjoy this magazine. It gives you inspiration to try different recipes. I like the fact that there is so much to choose from, there are quick meals for during the week and more special meal ideas for dinner parties. I think for £2.90 you get a lot of recipe ideas for your money. I have in the past bought recipe books and only made one or two things from them but here you have only spent £2.90 and get so many recipes, even if you only make one or two meals from it its worth the money. So I think if you want good food then get Good Food.
© AJ26 2005
Summary: Good Food is a monthly magazine packed full of recipes for all kinds of food and costs £2.90.