Passing on Cook’s Illustrated Magazine

Spoiler alert! Apple reaches a new low by selecting Cook’s Illustrated Magazine as their free iPad app of the Week. Once again, it’s a newsstand magazine and the only thing you get for free it the shell. If you want a preview, you have to buy an issue. I’ll pass. No stars.

I’ve already expressed my frustration with Apple for choosing a Newsstand magazine as App of the Week. This time you can’t even get a preview of the magazine. But you have to buy at least a one month prescription to Cook’s Illustrated Magazine to look between the covers. It’s only two dollars, but most Newsstand magazines at least let you browse a few pages.

This is all you get when you download your sample of Cooking. Just to look you have to buy a month subscription.

You can get a far better look at the magazine by browsing the screen shots of the magazine in the App Store. From what I could tell, Cook’s Illustrated Magazine is a magazine. A magazine with a nice design and layout, but a magazine. A decent combination of articles and step-by-step tips sheets, but a magazine.

The best I can say about it is that if you intend to subscribe anyway, go with the iPad app. You won’t lose recipes or issues on your bookshelf or to cat pee. You won’t have to search through all that paper to find what you need.

If you’re really into cooking, it might be worth the price to browse. That’s the best recommendation I can give.

Jenny Manytoes rates Cook’s Illustrated Magazine

Actually, she doesn’t. But she’s pissed at Apple, not Cook’s. No stars.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.



About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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