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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
2013 cookbook

I am disappointed in this year and last years book. We do not like the black &white pictures. You can't tell what it is. Not appealing. I been buying 6 of these books every year since 1978, and this is the last ones I will buy unless you change it back to color pictures throughout. I'm sorry, I have really loved these books.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
As another reviewer said, there are more black and white photos in this volume than most cookbooks have. It also seems that the weight of the paper used is less than previous volumes. Generally, cookbooks use heavier weight paper since this type of book has a harder life than, say, a copy of War and Peace. It's subjected to repetitive browsing, being held open with a wine bottle so the chef can read, an occasional flareup from being too close to the stove and an assortment of flour and baking spices embedded in it's spine.

That being said, publishers use less color and thinner paper to keep costs down. And the Southern Living Annual Recipes 2013 book is less expensive than many, if not most, cookbooks.

In our case, these annual editions replace the stack of Southern Living magazines that my wife collects every year. We have every annual cookbook dating back to 2000 - and the (currently) 13 annual books is much nicer than the equivalent 156 magazines would be. Using the indexes in each book, we can easily find what we're looking for.

I only wish other magazines would take this annual recipe cookbook approach (yeah, I'm talking to you Bon Appetit - which we have every issue of dating back to 1993.). I would love to purge the magazine collection from our home in favor of annual cookbooks, or even a digital format.

We're happy with this edition for what it is. An inexpensive and complete replacement for the years worth of magazines. While the quality could be better, it's "good enough" for the price and we'll keep buying them in upcoming years.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Disappointed. I've bought these cookbooks since 1989 and have enjoyed them BUT this one has way too many black and white pictures. Not what you expect in a Southern Living cookbook.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
If possible I would give this book 5 stars for the recipes and 1 star for appeal. I subscribe to the magazine and always get the yearly cookbook. However, this year I am extremely disappointed. Who wants to look at black and white photos of food? Not me! I long for the good old days of color photos and glossy paper. I'm sure it is a cost factor, but I am always willing to pay for quality. I will think long and hard about purchasing next year's cookbook. I might just cut out the recipes from the magazines and make my own. :-(
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the previous reviews, as my grandmother gave me her set (complete from the first year). I have had them for 2 years - and it feels like things have cheapened up. If I have to pay $10 more for beautiful color photos - I will. Please bring back the cookbooks that my grandmother cherished.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
VERY disappointed in the quality of this book. Might be time to stop the collection of them unless they improve on the quality. Southern Living... are you reading this? You should! Your long time customers are getting upset. I buy them for 3 others.. That is 4 books per year! There are other better quality books available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Southern Living always had the best cookbooks. I received the 2013 as a Christmas gift. As other veterans of SL said way too many black and white photos. I knew the minute I unwrapped the book the weight was different. The paper they used was that of paperback book! Very disappointing. I write on my pages and my daughters can tell the recipes I use the most because of stains.
Know your customers....we are willing to pay more for a quality book. I hate to say this because I am sucker for a beautiful cookbook, I would not purchase this book if I saw it on the shelf and held it in my hand! Please return to books of quality. I want mine to be passed down. On line recipes are great but beautiful Cookbook can be handed down. Return the quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have the Southern Living Annual Cookbooks since back in the 80s. I got behind the last three books because of traveling so much. I was about to make my order and catch up... but after reading the reviews and learning about the black and white photos, I'm not ordering. Sad to say!! The cost of this book should include all color as it has for so many years. I agree with another reviewer on here. Add a few dollars to the price of the book. :(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I am disappointed with the lack of color in so many of the photographs in the book. I have gotten these books for many years, and they seem to be deteriorating in quality as far as production is concerned. Recipes are delicious, though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Beautiful book, and I got it much cheaper than directly from Southern Living!! I have the whole set since SL started printing these in 1979!!!
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