#MagLoveTop10: Best food covers of 2013

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(This column was originally posted on MarkLives.com, where MediaSlut has a regular slot)

Just like food, covers for foodie magazines may be off-beat, arty and/or just plain smart. This week, we’re looking at the #MagLoveTop10 Best Food Covers of 2013, both local and international.

This is the fifth part of our #MagLoveTop10 magazine cover series, which includes:


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10. Taste Magazine Australia, September 2013

Taste Australia, September 2013

Not just a cover with a cupcake with a twist (with popcorn!) and “good enough to lick” but also a great cover with a strong social media campaign behind it!

Readers were invited to take pictures of their own cover-cupcake-creations (attempt, rather…), create a mini-magazine-cover on the website, and then tweet #tastemagcover.

9. Bon Appétit, December 2013

Bon Appetit, December 2013

It’s a very arty-food cover, with different lines and shapes printed not only on the plate but also the cookies.

A ‘desserving’ Top 10 cover, as the plate draws your eye to the ‘holiday cookies’, and the cover is also clean without cover lines cluttering it all.

8. House and Leisure, The Food Issue, 2013

House and Leisure Food, 2013

Last year, House and Leisure’s Food Issue of 2012 reached the no. 2 position on our Top 10 Food Covers list!

This year, it’s come in at a respectable no. 8 with yet another strong cover, with colours and textures and prints just jumping out at you!

7. Lucky Peach, Spring 2013

Lucky Peach, Spring 2013

How do you marry a food magazine with a travel issue? By playing with food, of course!

I just adore this fun, quirky, different and playful cover ! Especially the little man rowing… hopefully not into cereal trouble!

6. The New York Times Magazine, November 2013

The New York Times Magazine, 3 November 2013

A very strong conceptual cover to illustrate its main cover story, “Broccoli’s Image Makeover”. Enough said!

5. VARA GIDS, 13 July 2013

VARA GIDS, 13 July 2013

And a clever and fresh cover by using actual fruit to create the British Flag (in celebration of The Great British Bake Off…). Even its logo and cover lines were created using cake-decorating tools.

It’s not a new concept at all, but I think it iced this cover! 

4. Woolworths TASTE, March 2013

Woolworths TASTE, 2 March 2013

This is definitely one of my favourite cake-covers of 2013: it’s so simple (looks so easy to make!), on such a plain background (pure white…) and looks very classy with the strong typography and layout.

Nothing better than a chocolate cake, I say!

3. Food and Home Entertaining, June 2013

Food & Home, 6 June 2013

This Food and Home cover also made it to no. 9 in my #MagLoveTop10 South African Covers of 2013, so it’s only right that it takes no. 3 on this list!

It’s one of my favourites for a number of reasons: it’s of international standard, it’s a massive leap from its previous covers, it’s quirky (spot the little piglets on the pie), and it’s drool-worthy.

2. Texas Monthly, June 2013  

Texas Monthly, June 2013

This cover really has a lot of meat on its bones, not only literally but also when you look at all the different elements and details. These include the logo and cover lines written in BBQ sauce — the detail of “Texas” being wiped out to make way for “In the World” — and everything happening on tray paper, on a tray, on a table.

It’s this level of detail that makes it a winning cover, and definitely worthy of the no. 2 spot!

1. Cuisine, July 2013

Cuisine, July 2013

And at no. 1 is Cuisine for its brilliantly executed conceptual July 2013 cover, where it displayed the main cover image and articles from the issue all in a book form (well, you know what I mean…).

It works extremely well, especially with “Cuisine” looking like its ornaments on top of the book shelf!

A very smart idea, executed excellently — my no. 1 Food Cover for 2013!

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