Bon Appétit

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Bon Appétit
August 1981 issue
EditorAdam Rapoport
Frequency10 issues per year
PublisherCraig Kostelic
Total circulation
Year founded 1956 (1956-month)
CompanyCondé Nast Publications
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

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)

Other Staff[edit]

  • Andy Baragnani (Senior Food Editor, 2015–present)
  • Molly Baz (Senior Associate Food Editor, 2018–present)
  • Vincent "Vinny" Cross (Video Shooter & Editor, 2015–present)
  • Brad Leone (Star of "It's Alive" YouTube series, 2011–present)
  • Gaby Melian (Test Kitchen Manager, 2017–present)
  • Chris Morocco (Senior Food Editor, 2015–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 byAdam Rapoport
GenreFood & Drink
Ep. 13 onward
Length30 Minutes
ProductionBelle Cushing
Executive Producer
Carey Polis
Project Manager
No. of episodes179
Original releaseNovember 24, 2014 – present
WebsiteBon 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 YouTube Content Creator[13]
Carla Lalli Music Food Director[13]
Christine Muhlke Executive Editor[13]
Claire Saffitz Senior 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
Gaby Melian Test Kitchen Manager

Episode list[edit]

List of Podcast Episodes
No. Episode Title Host Featured Voices Date
1"The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Roman, Perry, Music, Ben SchottNovember 24, 2014 (2014-11-24)
2"It's All About the Holidays"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Kramer, Perry, Muhlke, Jenny RosenstrachDecember 16, 2014 (2014-12-16)
3"Let's Get Healthy(ish)"Adam RapoportRoman, Sara Dickerman, Gerardo GonzalezJanuary 1, 2015 (2015-01-01)
4"Get Your Super Bowl Party On"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Rothstein, Grossman, Music, Nick MangoldJanuary 20, 2015 (2015-01-20)
5"On Valentine's Day...and Mexican Food"Adam RapoportRoman, Kramer, DeSimon, Enrique OlveraFebruary 6, 2015 (2015-02-06)
6"Comfort Food and the State of the Drinking World"Adam RapoportMusic, Knowlton, Damon BoelteFebruary 24, 2015 (2015-02-24)
7"The Waffle House, Vegetable Restaurants, and Baking Tips"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Roman, Saffitz, Amanda CohenMarch 13, 2015 (2015-03-13)
8"Make a Better Salad, Food Binge in Las Vegas"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Joshua McFadden, Ike BarinholtzApril 6, 2015 (2015-04-06)
9"Never Mess Up Eggs Again, Editor-In-Chief Smackdown"Adam RapoportRoman, Music, Adam Sachs, Kerry DiamondApril 28, 2015 (2015-04-28)
10"Food Superstars Ina Garten & Gordon Ramsey"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Ina Garten, Gordon RamseyMay 8, 2015 (2015-05-08)
11"Make the Most of your Spring Veg"Adam RapoportPerry, LeoneMay 18, 2015 (2015-05-18)
12"Modern Travel Etiquette, Boozin' in Tokyo"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Ben SchottMay 27, 2015 (2015-05-27)
13"There's More to Southern Food Than Pimiento Cheese, Right?"Adam RapoportKevin Gillespie, Edward LeeJune 3, 2015 (2015-06-03)
14"David Chang, Momofuko (and Maple) Maestro"Adam RapoportDavid ChangJune 10, 2015 (2015-06-10)
15"Become a Grill Master (and Don't Fear the Fat)"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Music, Andrew Tarlow, Nick MorgensternJune 17, 2015 (2015-06-17)
16"The Absolute Best Pizza in America"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Joe BeddiaJuly 24, 2015 (2015-07-24)
17"Mark Bittman, Inc."Adam RapoportMark BittmanJuly 1, 2015 (2015-07-01)
18"How to Make a Killer Summer Pasta"Andrew KnowltonPhilip KrajeckJuly 8, 2015 (2015-07-08)
19"Your Favorite Summer Dessert (Ice Cream, Duh)"Adam RapoportRoman, Sam MasonJuly 23, 2015 (2015-07-23)
20"It's Summer. Don't Cook"Julia KramerMusic, MartinezJuly 30, 2015 (2015-07-30)
21"Gabrielle Hamilton (and a bit of Golf)"Adam RapoportGabrielle Hamilton, Gary PlayerAugust 5, 2015 (2015-08-05)
22"It's Summer, Let's Drink"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Talia BaiocchiAugust 12, 2015 (2015-08-12)
23"The Best New Restaurants in America"Adam RapoportKnowlton, KramerAugust 19, 2015 (2015-08-19)
24"Preserve and Pickle Everything (but not Quinoa)"Alison RomanKramerAugust 26, 2015 (2015-08-26)
25"Sam Kass on Cooking for the Obamas (and Lots More)"Adam RapoportSam KassSeptember 2, 2015 (2015-09-02)
26"Man Repeller's Leandra Medine"Adam RapoportLeandra MedineSeptember 10, 2015 (2015-09-10)
27"Aaron London, Chef of the Best New Restaurant in America"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Aaron LondonSeptember 16, 2015 (2015-09-16)
28"Meat Love with Chris Cosentino & Chris Shepherd"Adam RapoportChris Cosentino, Chris ShepherdSeptember 23, 2015 (2015-09-23)
29"Vivian Howard on Good Food TV"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Vivian HowardSeptember 30, 2015 (2015-09-30)
30"Rick Bayless the (Unofficial) Mayor of Chicago"Adam RapoportKramer, Rick BaylessOctober 7, 2015 (2015-10-07)
31"Korean Food is the New Hotness"Adam RapoportKnowlton, Beverly Kim, Edward KimOctober 14, 2015 (2015-10-14)
32"The Restaurant in the Jungle"Andrew KnowltonMuhlke, Eric WernerOctober 21, 2015 (2015-10-21)
33"Don't Mess with Bobby Flay's Brunch"Adam RapoportBobby FlayOctober 28, 2015 (2015-10-28)
34"Yotam Ottolenghi!!!"Adam RapoportYotam Ottolenghi, Ramael ScullyNovember 4, 2015 (2015-11-04)
35"The Queens of Modern Baking"Christine MuhlkeLiz Prueitt, Claire PtakNovember 11, 2015 (2015-11-11)
36"The Thanksgiving Spectacular"Adam RapoportMusic, Saffitz, Sam SiftonNovember 18, 2015 (2015-11-18)
37"The One and Only Nigella Lawson"Andrew KnowltonNigella LawsonNovember 25, 2015 (2015-11-25)
38"Marc Maron is a Really Good Cook"Adam RapoportMarc MaronDecember 2, 2015 (2015-12-02)
39"Magnus Nilsson, Nordic Genius"Andrew KnowltonMagnus NilssonDecember 9, 2015 (2015-12-09)
40"The Holiday Baking Episode!"Adam RapoportMusic, SaffitzDecember 16, 2015 (2015-12-16)
41"Emeril Lagasse"Adam RapoportEmeril Lagasse, KramerDecember 23, 2015 (2015-12-23)
42"The Best Things We Ate This Year"Adam RapoportKramer, Knowlton, Mulhke, Leone, StanekDecember 30, 2015 (2015-12-30)
43"Jancis Robinson"Andrew KnowltonJancis Robinson, CushingJanuary 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)
44"Healthy-ish"Christine MuhlkeSara Dickerman, MusicJanuary 14, 2016 (2016-01-14)
45"Jacques Pépin"Adam RapoportJacques PépinJanuary 20, 2016 (2016-01-20)
46"Challenge: Cook Every Meal for a Month"Julia KramerDavid TamarkinJanuary 27, 2016 (2016-01-27)
47"All About Those Super Bowl Snacks"Adam RapoportMusic, MartinezFebruary 3, 2016 (2016-02-03)
48"It's Not Valentines Day Without Molten Chocolate Cake"Adam RapoportMorocco, Muhlke, Cortney Burns, Nick BallaFebruary 10, 2016 (2016-02-10)
49"Action Bronson"Adam RapoportAction BronsonFebruary 17, 2016 (2016-02-17)
50"We're Going Retro"Adam RapoportMusic, SaffitzMarch 2, 2016 (2016-03-02)
51"City of Jonathan Gold"Adam RapoportJonathan GoldMarch 9, 2016 (2016-03-09)
52"Sean Brock, (Almost) Live from Charleston"Andrew KnowltonSean BrockMarch 16, 2016 (2016-03-16)

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Terrie L. Wilson (2003). "Tasty Selections: An Evaluation of Gourmet Food Magazines". Journal of Agricultural & Food Information. 5 (2). Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Andrew Smith (January 31, 2013). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. OUP USA. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-19-973496-2. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  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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