Bon Appétit

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Bon Appétit
August 1981 issue
Editor Adam Rapoport
Categories Food
Frequency 10 issues per year
Publisher Craig Kostelic
Total circulation
Year founded  1956 (1956-month)
Company Condé Nast Publications
Country United States
Based in New York City
Language English
ISSN 0006-6990

Bon Appétit is an American food and entertaining magazine that is published monthly by Condé Nast. It was started in 1956[2] and became a bimonthly magazine in December 1956 in Chicago,[3] the magazine was acquired by M. Frank Jones in Kansas City, Missouri in 1965.[3][4] Jones was owner, editor and publisher until 1970, when Bon Appétit was merged into the Pillsbury Company, who sold it to Knapp Communications, publishers of Architectural Digest, four years later. Condé Nast Publications, the current owners, purchased Knapp Communications in 1993, its sister publication was Gourmet, before the latter was discontinued in October 2009. The magazine's headquarters, which had been in Los Angeles, CA, were moved to New York City in early 2011.[5]

The current editor is Adam Rapoport, previously Style Editor at Condé Nast's GQ magazine.[6] Prior to joining GQ, Rapoport edited the restaurant section at Time Out New York and worked as an editor and writer for the James Beard Foundation's publications office.[7]

For the print edition, Condé Nast reported 1,452,953 paid subscriptions and 88,516 single copies in 2012 for the period ending November 2012, the median age of its audience is 48.4, of which 74% are female. Also, 46% of readers have college degrees and 36% are professional or managerial employment. 59% are married.[8]

Bon Appétit's "Bite me" advertising campaign had an estimated $500,000 budget that included print and online ads, billboards, posters, and a sweepstakes. The ad campaign came after a period of "sluggish performance" since its sibling magazine Gourmet was canceled in 2009, during which a limited number of readers and advertisers shifted to Bon Appétit, during the same period, other food magazines, such as Every Day With Rachael Ray and Food Network Magazine thrived. Bon Appétit sold 632 ad pages in 2012, which is a one percent increase from 625 ad pages sold in 2009 but a decline of 27 percent from the 867 ad pages sold in 2008.[9]


  • James A. Shanahan (1956–1961)
  • Alan Shearer (1961–1962)
  • Charles Walters (1962–1963)
  • Betty Paige (1963–1964)
  • W. C. Carreras (1964)
  • Floyd Sageser (1964–1965)
  • M. Frank Jones (1965–1976)
  • Paige Rense (1976–1983)
  • Marilou Vaughan (1983–1985)
  • William J. Garry (1985–2000)
  • Barbara Fairchild (2000–2010)
  • Adam Rapoport (2010–present)

Best New Restaurant[edit]

Since 2009, Bon Appétit's Deputy and Restaurant Editor Andrew Knowlton, later joined by Senior Editor Julia Kramer, has put together a list of the Best New Restaurant in the US, the list is released annually at the end of August for the September issue that begins with 50 restaurants that is narrowed down to a Top 10 list.[10] The first two years, the list was not in a specific order.

2009[10] 2010[10]
Bar Jules
(San Francisco, CA)
Anchovies & Olives
(Seattle, WA)
Cakes & Ale
(Decatur, GA)
Bar La Grassa
(Minneapolis, MN)
(Houston, TX)
Ellerbe Fine Foods
(Fort Worth, TX)
Hungry Mother
(Cambridge, MA)
(San Francisco, CA)
(Chicago, IL)
(Los Angeles, CA)
No. 7
(Brooklyn, NY)
Laurelhurst Market
(Portland, OR)
(Austin, TX)
(New York, NY)
Spring Hill
(Seattle, WA)
(Boston, MA)
The Greenhouse Tavern
(Cleveland, OH)
Miller Union
(Atlanta, GA)
Woodberry Kitchen
(Baltimore, MD)
The Purple Pig
(Chicago, IL)
Rank 2011[10] 2012[10] 2013[10] 2014[10] 2015[10] 2016[10] 2017
1 Husk
(Charleston, SC)
State Bird Provisions
(San Francisco, CA)
(Los Angeles, CA)
Rose's Luxury
(Washington, D.C.)
AL's Place
(San Francisco, CA)
(Atlanta, GA)
Turkey and the Wolf

(New Orleans)

2 Mission Chinese Food
(San Francisco, CA)
(Brooklyn, NY)
(San Francisco, CA)
High Street on Market
(Philadelphia, PA)
(Los Angeles, CA)
Bad Saint
(Washington, D.C.)

(Chicago, IL)

3 The Walrus and the Carpenter
(Seattle, WA)
(Brooklyn, NY)
Rolf and Daughters
(Nashville, TN)
(New York, NY)
Petit Trois
(Los Angeles, CA)
Lord Stanley
(San Francisco, CA)
Mister Jiu's

(San Francisco, CA)

4 Travail Kitchen and Amusements
(Robbinsdale, MN)
(Portland, OR)
Fat Rice
(Chicago, IL)
Tosca Cafe
(San Francisco, CA)
(Brooklyn, NY)
(Pittsburgh, PA)
Palizzi Social Club

(Philadelphia, PA)

5 Ruxbin
(Chicago, IL)
The Catbird Seat
(Nashville, TN)
Ava Gene's
(Portland, OR)
(Seattle, WA)
(Chicago, IL)
(Los Angeles, CA)

(Brooklyn, NY)

6 Talula's Garden
(Philadelphia, PA)
The Bachelor Farmer & Marvel Bar
(Minneapolis, MN)
The Pass & Provisions
(Houston, TX)
Central Provisions
(Portland, ME)
Dai Due
(Austin, TX)
South Philly Barbacoa
(Philadelphia, PA)

(Chicago, IL)

7 Son of a Gun
(Los Angeles, CA)
Little Serow
(Washington, D.C.)
The Optimist
(Atlanta, GA)
Hot Joy
(San Antonio, TX)
(Davidson, NC)
(Providence, RI)

(Marietta, GA)

8 M. Wells
(Long Island City, NY)
(Houston, TX)
Jeffrey's & Josephine House
(Austin, TX)
(Austin, TX)
(San Francisco, CA)
(New York, NY)
Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

(Austin, TX)

9 Congress
(Austin, TX)
Bäco Mercat
(Los Angeles, CA)
The Whale Wins & Joule
(Seattle, WA)
Måurice Luncheonette
(Portland, OR)
(Seattle, WA)
Buxton Hall
(Asheville, NC)

(St. Louis, MO)

10 Bondir
(Cambridge, MA)
Cakes & Ale
(Decatur, GA)
(Brooklyn, NY)
Grand Central Market
(Los Angeles, CA)
(Indianapolis, IN)
(New Orleans, LA)
Brewery Bhavana

(Raleigh, NC)

Bon Appétit Foodcast[edit]

'Bon Appétit Foodcast'
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Hosted by Adam Rapoport
Genre Food & Drink
Updates Weekly
Ep. 13 onward
Length 30 Minutes
Production Belle Cushing
Executive Producer
Carey Polis
Project Manager
No. of episodes 52
Original release November 24, 2014 – present
Website Bon Appétit Foodcast

In 2014, Bon Appétit launched a podcast called the Bon Appétit Foodcast,[11] the series is hosted by editor, Adam Rapoport, and has featured notable guests such as Ina Garten, Gordon Ramsay, and Mark Bittman.[12]

Staff contributors[edit]

A number of the staff at Bon Appétit regularly appear on the podcast.

Staff Member Title Appearances
Andrew Knowlton Deputy Editor[13]
Alex Grossman Creative Director[13]
Alison Roman Senior Food Editor[13]
Brad Leone Test Kitchen Manager[13]
Carla Lalli Music Food Director[13]
Christine Muhlke Executive Editor[13]
Claire Saffitz Associate Food Editor[13]
Dawn Perry Digital Food Editor[13]
Julia Kramer Senior Editor[13]
Meryl Rothstein Senior Editor[13]
Rick Martinez Associate Digital Food Editor[13]
Scott DeSimon Deputy Editor[13]
Amiel Stanek Assistant Editor
Belle Cushing Assistant Editor
Chris Morocco Senior Food Editor

Episode list[edit]

List of Podcast Episodes
No. Episode Title Host Featured Voices Date
1 "The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Roman, Perry, Music, Ben Schott November 24, 2014 (2014-11-24)
2 "It's All About the Holidays" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Kramer, Perry, Muhlke, Jenny Rosenstrach December 16, 2014 (2014-12-16)
3 "Let's Get Healthy(ish)" Adam Rapoport Roman, Sara Dickerman, Gerardo Gonzalez January 1, 2015 (2015-01-01)
4 "Get Your Super Bowl Party On" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Rothstein, Grossman, Music, Nick Mangold January 20, 2015 (2015-01-20)
5 "On Valentine's Day...and Mexican Food" Adam Rapoport Roman, Kramer, DeSimon, Enrique Olvera February 6, 2015 (2015-02-06)
6 "Comfort Food and the State of the Drinking World" Adam Rapoport Music, Knowlton, Damon Boelte February 24, 2015 (2015-02-24)
7 "The Waffle House, Vegetable Restaurants, and Baking Tips" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Roman, Saffitz, Amanda Cohen March 13, 2015 (2015-03-13)
8 "Make a Better Salad, Food Binge in Las Vegas" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Joshua McFadden, Ike Barinholtz April 6, 2015 (2015-04-06)
9 "Never Mess Up Eggs Again, Editor-In-Chief Smackdown" Adam Rapoport Roman, Music, Adam Sachs, Kerry Diamond April 28, 2015 (2015-04-28)
10 "Food Superstars Ina Garten & Gordon Ramsey" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Ina Garten, Gordon Ramsey May 8, 2015 (2015-05-08)
11 "Make the Most of your Spring Veg" Adam Rapoport Perry, Leone May 18, 2015 (2015-05-18)
12 "Modern Travel Etiquette, Boozin' in Tokyo" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Ben Schott May 27, 2015 (2015-05-27)
13 "There's More to Southern Food Than Pimiento Cheese, Right?" Adam Rapoport Kevin Gillespie, Edward Lee June 3, 2015 (2015-06-03)
14 "David Chang, Momofuko (and Maple) Maestro" Adam Rapoport David Chang June 10, 2015 (2015-06-10)
15 "Become a Grill Master (and Don't Fear the Fat)" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Music, Andrew Tarlow, Nick Morgenstern June 17, 2015 (2015-06-17)
16 "The Absolute Best Pizza in America" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Joe Beddia July 24, 2015 (2015-07-24)
17 "Mark Bittman, Inc." Adam Rapoport Mark Bittman July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01)
18 "How to Make a Killer Summer Pasta" Andrew Knowlton Philip Krajeck July 8, 2015 (2015-07-08)
19 "Your Favorite Summer Dessert (Ice Cream, Duh)" Adam Rapoport Roman, Sam Mason July 23, 2015 (2015-07-23)
20 "It's Summer. Don't Cook" Julia Kramer Music, Martinez July 30, 2015 (2015-07-30)
21 "Gabrielle Hamilton (and a bit of Golf)" Adam Rapoport Gabrielle Hamilton, Gary Player August 5, 2015 (2015-08-05)
22 "It's Summer, Let's Drink" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Talia Baiocchi August 12, 2015 (2015-08-12)
23 "The Best New Restaurants in America" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Kramer August 19, 2015 (2015-08-19)
24 "Preserve and Pickle Everything (but not Quinoa)" Alison Roman Kramer August 26, 2015 (2015-08-26)
25 "Sam Kass on Cooking for the Obamas (and Lots More)" Adam Rapoport Sam Kass September 2, 2015 (2015-09-02)
26 "Man Repeller's Leandra Medine" Adam Rapoport Leandra Medine September 10, 2015 (2015-09-10)
27 "Aaron London, Chef of the Best New Restaurant in America" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Aaron London September 16, 2015 (2015-09-16)
28 "Meat Love with Chris Cosentino & Chris Shepherd" Adam Rapoport Chris Cosentino, Chris Shepherd September 23, 2015 (2015-09-23)
29 "Vivian Howard on Good Food TV" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Vivian Howard September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)
30 "Rick Bayless the (Unofficial) Mayor of Chicago" Adam Rapoport Kramer, Rick Bayless October 7, 2015 (2015-10-07)
31 "Korean Food is the New Hotness" Adam Rapoport Knowlton, Beverly Kim, Edward Kim October 14, 2015 (2015-10-14)
32 "The Restaurant in the Jungle" Andrew Knowlton Muhlke, Eric Werner October 21, 2015 (2015-10-21)
33 "Don't Mess with Bobby Flay's Brunch" Adam Rapoport Bobby Flay October 28, 2015 (2015-10-28)
34 "Yotam Ottolenghi!!!" Adam Rapoport Yotam Ottolenghi, Ramael Scully November 4, 2015 (2015-11-04)
35 "The Queens of Modern Baking" Christine Muhlke Liz Prueitt, Claire Ptak November 11, 2015 (2015-11-11)
36 "The Thanksgiving Spectacular" Adam Rapoport Music, Saffitz, Sam Sifton November 18, 2015 (2015-11-18)
37 "The One and Only Nigella Lawson" Andrew Knowlton Nigella Lawson November 25, 2015 (2015-11-25)
38 "Marc Maron is a Really Good Cook" Adam Rapoport Marc Maron December 2, 2015 (2015-12-02)
39 "Magnus Nilsson, Nordic Genius" Andrew Knowlton Magnus Nilsson December 9, 2015 (2015-12-09)
40 "The Holiday Baking Episode!" Adam Rapoport Music, Saffitz December 16, 2015 (2015-12-16)
41 "Emeril Lagasse" Adam Rapoport Emeril Lagasse, Kramer December 23, 2015 (2015-12-23)
42 "The Best Things We Ate This Year" Adam Rapoport Kramer, Knowlton, Mulhke, Leone, Stanek December 30, 2015 (2015-12-30)
43 "Jancis Robinson" Andrew Knowlton Jancis Robinson, Cushing January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)
44 "Healthy-ish" Christine Muhlke Sara Dickerman, Music January 14, 2016 (2016-01-14)
45 "Jacques Pépin" Adam Rapoport Jacques Pépin January 20, 2016 (2016-01-20)
46 "Challenge: Cook Every Meal for a Month" Julia Kramer David Tamarkin January 27, 2016 (2016-01-27)
47 "All About Those Super Bowl Snacks" Adam Rapoport Music, Martinez February 3, 2016 (2016-02-03)
48 "It's Not Valentines Day Without Molten Chocolate Cake" Adam Rapoport Morocco, Muhlke, Cortney Burns, Nick Balla February 10, 2016 (2016-02-10)
49 "Action Bronson" Adam Rapoport Action Bronson February 17, 2016 (2016-02-17)
50 "We're Going Retro" Adam Rapoport Music, Saffitz March 2, 2016 (2016-03-02)
51 "City of Jonathan Gold" Adam Rapoport Jonathan Gold March 9, 2016 (2016-03-09)
52 "Sean Brock, (Almost) Live from Charleston" Andrew Knowlton Sean Brock March 16, 2016 (2016-03-16)

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ Barbara Yost (July 5, 2006). "Magazine founder had appetite for writing". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ Emily Fleischaker (January 20, 2011). "Inside the Test Kitchen: Moving Day". Archived from the original on February 15, 2012. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Moskin, Julia (2010-11-02). "A New Flavor for Bon Appétit". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-06. 
  7. ^ Moskin, Julia (November 2, 2010). "A New Flavor for Bon Appétit". The New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Media Kit - Print" (PDF). Conde Nast. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Elliot, Stuart (Jan 23, 2011). "An Irreverent Campaign From Bon Appétit". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "America's Best New Restaurants of Years Past: Where Are They Now?". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "A Beginner's Guide to the Best Podcasts on the Web – Part I". March 19, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Bon Appétit Foodcast — Overcast". Retrieved 2018-03-06. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Bon Appétit Staff Page". 

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