Bon Appétit

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Bon Appétit
August 1981 issue
Editor Adam Rapoport
Categories Food
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Pamela Drucker Mann
Total circulation
First issue  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 published monthly. It was started by M. Frank Jones in Kansas City in 1956. 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.[2]

The current editor is Adam Rapoport, previously Style Editor at Condé Nast's GQ magazine. 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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]


  • 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)

Bon Appétit Foodcast[edit]

Bon Appétit Foodcast
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Hosted by Adam Rapoport
Genre Food & Drink
Length 30 Minutes
Production Belle Cushing
Executive Producer
Carey Polis
Project Manager
No. of episodes 37 (as of November 30, 2015)
Debut November 24, 2014
Website Bon Appétit Foodcast

In 2014, Bon Appétit launched a pocast called the Bon Appétit Foodcast.[6] The series is hosted by editor, Adam Rapoport, and has featured notable guests such as Ina Garten, Gordon Ramsey, and Mark Bittman.

Staff contributors[edit]

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

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

Episode List[edit]

No. Episode Title Host Featured Voices Date
1 The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Roman, Perry, Music, Ben Schott
2 It's All About the Holidays
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Kramer, Perry, Muhlke, Jenny Rosenstrach
3 Let's Get Healthy(ish)
Adam Rapoport
Roman, Sara Dickerman, Gerardo Gonzalez
4 Get Your Super Bowl Party On
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Rothstein, Grossman, Music, Nick Mangold
5 On Valentine's Day...and Mexican Food
Adam Rapoport
Roman, Kramer, DeSimon, Enrique Olvera
6 Comfort Food and the State of the Drinking World
Adam Rapoport
Music, Knowlton, Damon Boelte
7 The Waffle House, Vegetable Restaurants, and Baking Tips
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Roman, Saffitz, Amanda Cohen
8 Make a Better Salad, Food Binge in Las Vegas
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Joshua McFadden, Ike Barinholtz
9 Never Mess Up Eggs Again, Editor-In-Chief Smackdown
Adam Rapoport
Roman, Music, Adam Sachs, Kerry Diamond
10 Food Superstars Ina Garten & Gordon Ramsey
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Ina Garten, Gordon Ramsey
11 Make the Most of your Spring Veg
Adam Rapoport
Perry, Leone
12 Modern Travel Etiquette, Boozin' in Tokyo
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Ben Schott
13 There's More to Southern Food Than Pimiento Cheese, Right?
Adam Rapoport
Kevin Gillespie, Edward Lee
14 David Chang, Momofuko (and Maple) Maestro
Adam Rapoport
David Chang
15 Become a Grill Master (and Don't Fear the Fat)
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Music, Andrew Tarlow, Nick Morgenstern
16 The Absolute Best Pizza in America
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Joe Beddia
17 Mark Bittman, Inc.
Adam Rapoport
Mark Bittman
18 How to Make a Killer Summer Pasta
Andrew Knowlton
Philip Krajeck
19 Your Favorite Summer Dessert (Ice Cream, Duh)
Adam Rapoport
Roman, Sam Mason
20 It's Summer. Don't Cook
Julia Kramer
Music, Martinez
21 Gabrielle Hamilton (and a bit of Golf)
Adam Rapoport
Gabrielle Hamilton, Gary Player
22 It's Summer, Let's Drink
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Talia Baiocchi
23 The Best New Restaurants in America
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Kramer
24 Preserve and Pickle Everything (but not Quinoa)
Alison Roman
25 Sam Kass on Cooking for the Obamas (and Lots More)
Adam Rapoport
Sam Kass
26 Man Repeller's Leandra Medine
Adam Rapoport
Leandra Medine
27 Aaron London, Chef of the Best New Restaurant in America
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Aaron London
28 Meat Love with Chris Cosentino & Chris Shepherd
Adam Rapoport
Chris Cosentino, Chris Shepherd
29 Vivian Howard on Good Food TV
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Vivian Howard
30 Rick Bayless the (Unofficial) Mayor of Chicago
Adam Rapoport
Kramer, Rick Bayless
31 Korean Food is the New Hotness
Adam Rapoport
Knowlton, Beverly Kim, Edward Kim
32 The Restaurant in the Jungle
Andrew Knowlton
Muhlke, Eric Werner
33 Don't Mess with Bobby Flay's Brunch
Adam Rapoport
Bobby Flay
34 Yotam Ottolenghi!!!
Adam Rapoport
Yotam Ottolenghi, Ramael Scully
35 The Queens of Modern Baking
Christine Muhlke
Liz Prueitt, Claire Ptak
36 The Thanksgiving Spectacular
Adam Rapoport
Music, Saffitz, Sam Sifton
37 The One and Only Nigella Lawson
Andrew Knowlton
Nigella Lawson

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alliance for Audited Media Snapshot Report - 6/30/2013". Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Fleischaker, Emily (January 20, 2011). "Inside the Test Kitchen: Moving Day". Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ Moskin, Julia (November 2, 2010). "A New Flavor for Bon Appétit". The New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Media Kit - Print" (PDF). Conde Nast. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Elliot, Stuart (Jan 23, 2011). "An Irreverent Campaign From Bon Appétit". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "A Beginner’s Guide to the Best Podcasts on the Web – Part I". March 19, 2015. 

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