Bon Appetit is such an underrated magazine for people who like to cook. I am a longtime subscriber, and I have kept all of the past issues. The magazine is always full of both easy and sophisticated recipes. You will really love the November and December issues, with Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hannukah recipes. The photography, the recipes, the product descriptions, the cookbook reviews, this magazine has it all. In comparison to its closest rivals, which I perceive to be Gourmet, Cook's Illustrated, and Cooking Light, Bon Appetit is the clear winner. Gourmet is too high end, with a sparse design style. Cook's Illustrated lack the photography that is essential to a cooking magazine. In my view, Cooking Light is both too niche and too low end. Bon Appetit sets the perfect tone. Don't let the title scare you away.