Hi, I'm a longtime lurker and I need to get this off my chest. After Gourmet folded (RIP), its publisher started sending Bon Appetit in its place. I hated how superficial and dumb it was (ooh! Here's what you should cook now because all the cool kids are doing it!), so I dumped it and got a subscription to Saveur.
Since then, I loved Saveur's stories and intimate looks of the foodways and lives of people in far-flung corners of the world, and I've enjoyed cooking from their recipes (which have almost always worked for me).
But recently, it hasn't been the same. Instead, it's turned into a clone of Bon Appetit -- lots of listicles, photo spreads of needlessly expensive kitchen gear and decorative crap, and the occasional kitchen tip from the latest celebrity chef. Instead of celebrating and respecting different culinary traditions and lifestyles, it now just exudes social pressure to consume.
In short, I'm pissed off and heartbroken (and definitely NOT renewing my subscription!)
Is this just me??