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
Bon Appetit Foodcast.jpeg
Hosted by Adam Rapoport
Genre Food & Drink
Voices Alison Rosen
Andrew Knowlton
Length 30-60 Minutes
No. of episodes 23 (as of August 20, 2015)
Debut November 24, 2014

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. Regular commentators on the podcast include Bon Appétit restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton, and senior food editor Alison Rosen.

Episode List[edit]

No. Episode Title Release Date
The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving
November 24, 2014
It's All About the Holidays
December 16, 2014
Let's Get Healthy(ish)
January 1, 2015
Get Your Super Bowl Party On
January 20, 2015
On Valentine's Day...and Mexican Food
February 6, 2015
Comfort Food and the State of the Drinking World
February 24, 2015
The Waffle House, Vegetable Restaurants, and Baking Tips
March 13, 2015
Make a Better Salad, Food Binge in Las Vegas
April 6, 2015
Never Mess Up Eggs Again, Editor-In-Chief Smackdown
April 28, 2015
Food Superstars Ina Garten & Gordon Ramsey
May 8, 2015
Make the Most of your Spring Veg
May 18, 2015
Modern Travel Etiquette, Boozin' in Tokyo
May 27, 2015
There's More to Southern Food Than Pimiento Cheese, Right?
June 3, 2015
David Change, Momofuko (and Maple) Maestro
June 10, 2015
Become a Grill Master (and Don't Fear the Fat)
June 17, 2015
The Absolute Best Pizza in America
June 24, 2015
Mark Bittman, Inc.
July 1, 2015
How to Make a Killer Summer Pasta
July 8, 2015
Your Favorite Summer Dessert (Ice Cream, Duh)
July 23, 2015
It's Summer. Don't Cook
July 30, 2015
Gabrielle Hamilton (and a bit of Golf)
August 5, 2015
It's Summer, Let's Drink
August 12, 2015
The Best New Restaurants in America
August 19, 2015
Preserve and Pickle Everything (but not Quinoa)
August 26, 2015

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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