This is a whopping big magazine for the money. Its cover price is A$8.50 and for that you get more than 200 pages of goodies. Admittedly there are lots of adverts in there too, but that’s always the way with glossy magazines. I liked this magazine so much that I subscribed to it. My subscription to Olive is due to expire and I felt that a change would be good. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at what’s in the magazine.
I have the June 2008 issue which, being Aussie, concentrates on the winter kitchen. The magazine consists of four main sections: Food, Travel, Regulars and Features.
In this issue, the Food section has a big feature on curry. Not just yer usual curries, mind you, but Sri Lankan and Mauritian curries, as well as Indian. I feel some photo essays coming on. Some magazines use the ARS technique (annual repeating stories recycled with a slightly different angle in an attempt to make them seem “new”). But Gourmet Traveller really does seem to have a bit of a flair for the unusual.
Also in the Food section there’s soup, pork belly, Sicilian cooking, and how to cook caramel. The recipe index is at the back of the magazine and takes up a whole page. I’ve seen cookbooks with fewer recipes than this. I think it’s great value for money.
There’s quite a lot in the Travel Section, including their 2008 Travel Awards where Gourmet Traveller readers and a panel of judges have voted for Australia’s best travel operators. Somehow I wonder if AA Gill would approve (see later).
There are also interesting features, and lots of great photos about Telluride (a Colorado ski resort) and Australia’s Kangaroo Island, “where utter isolation is its biggest drawcard”. There’s also travel news and a Q&A piece where readers can have their questions answered.
There’s loads in this magazine – please see Part 2 for more.