Zach Patton and Clay Dunn

Clay Dunn and Zach Patton spent nine years covering food magazines on their website TheBittenWord.com which chronicled their adventures cooking through a stack of food magazines each month. Clay and Zach live and cook in Washington, D.C.
The One Magazine You Should Buy in December
Binge-reading all of the December issues of food magazines can bring out some irrational holiday thinking. On the one hand, it can fool you into feeling like a holiday superhero. You’ll want to cook everything you see and invite everyone you’ve ever met for the most perfect holiday soirée ever. An intimate Christmas goose dinner for 12! A leisurely holiday brunch for 30! Christmas cookies for 200! It can also have the opposite effect.
May 30, 2019
The One Magazine You Should Buy in January
January can be a little all over the place when it comes to food. On the one hand, most New Year’s resolutions are to eat better. Many of us start the new year aspiring to spare, sensible meals of poached salmon and steamed spinach. But January is also the real onset of winter. All the cold and the snow make us want to bunker down for some serious comfort food — those stick-to-your-ribs classics perfect for the most hygge-worthy winter nights.
May 30, 2019
Christopher Kimball on Building an Empire with Milk Street
Kitchn readers are no doubt are familiar with Christopher Kimball, the bow-tied food expert who was for years closely associated with America’s Test Kitchen. You may be less familiar with his new venture: Milk Street, a mini-empire launched just over a year ago that already includes a magazine, TV show, radio show, cooking school, live touring show, and a cookbook. (Maybe you heard about how Kimball severed ties with his former employer and they’re currently deep in a lawsuit.
May 30, 2019
The One Food Magazine You Need to Buy in February
You can count on a few things from February food magazines. There will always be Valentine’s treats, Super Bowl-themed spreads, and so much citrus. True to form, that’s what we’ve got in this month’s crop of food mags (no complaints here!). But there’s also a lot more to enjoy. Our pick for the one food magazine you should buy this month is Food Network Magazine‘s January/February issue.
May 30, 2019
The One Food Magazine You Need to Buy in March
What are food magazines for? In an age when every recipe in the world is just a Google search away, and you can instantly download almost any cookbook that’s ever been printed, what exactly is the role that food magazines play? What’s the point of them? Well, for one thing, they can still open your eyes to new food traditions, unfamiliar ingredients, and exciting new chefs. They’re a monthly way to curate the world of food and cut through some of the noise.
May 30, 2019
Tips and Advice from a Professional Food Stylist
“Food stylist” is one of those career titles that sounds cool and intriguing and vaguely glamorous. It also conjures up retro images of some poor soul laboriously painting fake grill marks onto a pork chop, or lacquering shoe polish onto a raw turkey to get a perfectly plump Thanksgiving centerpiece that’s photo-ready. But what does a food stylist really do?
May 30, 2019
The One Food Magazine You Should Buy in April
Last month we explored the question of what purpose food magazines serve in an age when you can find a recipe for anything you want online. We talked about how last month’s issues of Rachael Ray Every Day and Bon Appétit both offered thought-provoking stories confronting some unpleasant but important truths about sexual harassment and pay inequality in the world of professional food. We’re still thinking about that question.
May 30, 2019
Jack Bishop of America’s Test Kitchen on Recipe Testing and a $600,000 Grocery Bill
Almost every food magazine has a test kitchen where they develop and refine recipes. But there’s nothing quite like America’s Test Kitchen, the powerhouse behind Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country — along with, of course, the America’s Test Kitchen cooking show on PBS, dozens of cookbooks, numerous radio shows, and an ever-growing collection of online content. We’ve been fans of their work for more than a decade.
May 30, 2019
The One Food Magazine You Should Buy in May
Food & Wine has been a magazine in transition over this past year. Last June, it was announced that Hunter Lewis would take over as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, replacing Nilou Motamed, whose tenure leading the magazine lasted only a year. (You likely recognize her name from Top Chef, where she appeared frequently this past season.) It was clear that the magazine was struggling to find its voice under Motamed.
May 30, 2019
5 Indie Food Magazines You Should Be Reading
Last month we took a look at some unfamiliar food magazines across the pond. But what about those lesser-known culinary periodicals here in the United States?
May 30, 2019
The One Food Magazine You Should Buy in July
Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. Sometimes the harshest constraints can lead to the best, most beautiful, most creative results. Such is the case with Saveur magazine, at least in our opinion. First, the bad news: Saveur suffered some devastating layoffs at the beginning of this year. The staff was essentially gutted, including Adam Sachs, the editor in chief who had served in that role since 2014, the photo editor, and the creative director.
May 30, 2019
The Best Halloween Food Magazine Stories, If You Dare
There are certain holidays that really make you want to get in the kitchen and start cooking. Thanksgiving, obviously. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Easter all have their own special food traditions. Even big days like Super Bowl Sunday and the Fourth of July can inspire feats of culinary greatness (or at least a great seven-layer dip). But Halloween? Is that really a culinary celebration? Who among us has actually ever thought, “Halloween’s coming soon! What am I going to cook?
May 24, 2019
The One Food Magazine You Should Buy in June
How much do you think about your gut? You know, your digestive system — and, more importantly, the trillions of probiotic bacteria and other organisms that live inside it? Well perhaps we all should spend a little more time focusing on those little guys. Nurturing a well-maintained microbiome can strengthen immunity, aid digestion, improve nutrient absorption, and even boost mental health.
May 24, 2019
5 British Food Mags Every Royal Newlywed Should Know
Perhaps you’ve not heard, but it seems there’s a royal wedding this weekend. It’s rather a big to-do, as Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Miss Rachel Meghan Markle prepare to walk down the aisle. As the happy couple gets ready to settle into a lifetime of marital bliss, there’s one question we’re all undoubtedly dying to know the answer to: What will Harry and Meghan cook for dinner?
May 17, 2018
The One Food Magazine You Should Buy in October
We’re huge food magazine junkies. We blogged about (and cooked from) monthly food mags for nine years over on The Bitten Word. We haven’t been writing about them for the past year or so, but we’ve still been reading and enjoying them. So when the Kitchn team approached us about writing a column, we jumped at the chance. There are a ton of food magazines out there. Deciding which ones to buy and which ones to cook from can be more than a little overwhelming.
Oct 1, 2017