In this day of electronics, buying a hard copy magazine begs the question, “Why?”. First, there is the price. Most magazines like I have mentioned are $6 or more per issue. I can go online for free. Second, there is the ease of focusing on what is relevant to me and my life. And that is where these magazines, among so many others, go off the tracks. The Oprah and Rachel Ray magazines are publications that I would like to be able to recommend.
Rachel Ray is someone that I have enjoyed for a number of years on the Food Network. She is one of the few cooks (She does not see herself as a chef.) on the network that does not have a ‘Tonto’ on her show to join in banter, a band to fill in while she stirs, nor does she produce dishes that are expensive and take two days to produce. She comes across as real with serious ‘cooking chops’ that produce meals that are reasonably affordable and delicious.
Oprah has grown from her local star status to one of the most influential people in the world. Her philanthropic projects are – astounding! After 25 years with a highly successful show, she is leaving that to move on to the next level – a new network. She has brought Dr. Phil, Suze Orman, Dr. Oz, and Nate Berkas all to their own shows. The woman is a force to be reckoned with.
Having said all this, I want to get back to the magazines put out by these two women. I enjoy many of the recipes in Rachel’s magazine. Except they rarely fit in my limited grocery budget. Even her budget friendly Weekly Menu Planner has wonderful ideas but with Littleneck clams and artichokes and fresh herbs, those 7 meals will not fit in my budget nor work with my vegetarian household needs. The “O” magazine is worse. There is little offered in the magazine that moves in my universe. I do not spend $10 for any single make-up item. My holiday budget is not in the five figures.
I will not be recommending either of these magazines to my friends. I would recommend going to www.foodnetwork.com for recipes and continue to utilize those discount retail stores for holiday shopping.