Cook’s Illustrated

I fell in love with this magazine the first time I laid eyes on it. The layout, the drawings, the consistency. There are no ads! The design is elegant. The front cover and rear cover of each issue are always lovely paintings of food by two different artists: Robert Papp and John Burgoyne.

   Not only does it look good in the graphic arts sense, but the articles and recipes look to be a cook’s delight.

    It’s tied in with the TV and radio shows America’s Test Kitchen.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

8 Responses to Cook’s Illustrated

  1. I have NEVER made anything of theirs that wasn't good. Most of it was amazing. Just be prepared to follow a lot of tedious instructions, that are so very worth it.

  2. Thanks for helping me figure out the perfect Mother's Day gift! Truly one of my most favorite publications.

  3. not on topic
    but Lloyd
    you at any risk from the Wildfires?

    seem to be hearing a LOT in news about it, and didnt have in mind how you were situated?

  4. Lloyd, good to hear re the fires… i am at consderable distance, just what i see in news footage,and i find it concerning too…these huge fires take off, and are close to unmanageable…

  5. I bought a stack of these from a thrift store, including the very first issue, for .25 each. My family eats at the table now, and leftovers are a fading memory. I also love the illustrations and paintings-it just reinforces the whole idea that even the simplest meal can be elevated to art when it is done beautifully. Great publication!!

  6. hey Lloyd, just wondered, if you've looked at adding the following to your diet, have been reading lots of good stuff on these, so thought I would mention them…Lots of Omegas/Higher in Protein/etc


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