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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2013
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.