Bon Appétit

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Bon Appétit
August 1981 issue
Editor Adam Rapoport
Categories Food
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Pamela Drucker Mann
Total circulation
Year founded  1955 (1955-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 as a bimonthly magazine in 1955 in Chicago.[2] The magazine was acquired by M. Frank Jones in Kansas City, Missouri in 1965.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]


  • 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.[8] The first two years, the list was not in a specific order.

2009[9] 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[11] 2012[12] 2013[13] 2014[14] 2015[15] 2016[16]
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)
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.)
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)
4 Travail Kitchen and Amusements
(Robbinsdale, MN)
(Portland, OR)
Fat Rice
(Chicago, IL)
Tosca Cafe
(San Francisco, CA)
(Brooklyn, NY)
(Pittsburgh, PA)
5 Ruxbin
(Chicago, IL)
The Catbird Seat
(Nashville, TN)
Ava Gene’s
(Portland, OR)
(Seattle, WA)
(Chicago, IL)
(Los Angeles, CA)
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)
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)
8 M. Wells
(Long Island City, NY)
(Houston, TX)
Jeffrey’s & Josephine House
(Austin, TX)
(Austin, TX)
(San Francisco, CA)
(New York, NY)
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)
10 Bondir
(Cambridge, MA)
Cakes & Ale
(Decatur, GA)
(Brooklyn, NY)
Grand Central Market
(Los Angeles, CA)
(Indianapolis, IN)
(New Orleans, LA)

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
Debut November 24, 2014
Website Bon Appétit Foodcast

In 2014, Bon Appétit launched a podcast called the Bon Appétit Foodcast.[17] The series is hosted by editor, Adam Rapoport, and has featured notable guests such as Ina Garten, Gordon Ramsay, 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[18]
Alex Grossman Creative Director[18]
Alison Roman Senior Food Editor[18]
Brad Leone Test Kitchen Manager[18]
Carla Lalli Music Food Director[18]
Christine Muhlke Executive Editor[18]
Claire Saffitz Associate Food Editor[18]
Dawn Perry Digital Food Editor[18]
Julia Kramer Senior Editor[18]
Meryl Rothstein Senior Editor[18]
Rick Martinez Associate Digital Food Editor[18]
Scott DeSimon Deputy Editor[18]
Amiel Stanek Assistant Editor
Belle Cushing Assistant Editor
Chris Morocco Senior Food Editor

Episode list[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alliance for Audited Media Snapshot Report". Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2013. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Barbara Yost (July 5, 2006). "Magazine founder had appetite for writing". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  4. ^ Emily Fleischaker (January 20, 2011). "Inside the Test Kitchen: Moving Day". Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ Moskin, Julia (November 2, 2010). "A New Flavor for Bon Appétit". The New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Media Kit - Print" (PDF). Conde Nast. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Elliot, Stuart (Jan 23, 2011). "An Irreverent Campaign From Bon Appétit". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "America's Best New Restaurants of Years Past: Where Are They Now?". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "America's Best New Restaurants of Years Past: Where Are They Now?". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "America's Best New Restaurants of Years Past: Where Are They Now?". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "America's Best New Restaurants of Years Past: Where Are They Now?". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "America's Best New Restaurants of Years Past: Where Are They Now?". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "America's Best New Restaurants of Years Past: Where Are They Now?". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  14. ^ "America's Best New Restaurants 2014". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "America's Best New Restaurants 2015". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "America's Best New Restaurants 2016". Bon Appetit. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "A Beginner's Guide to the Best Podcasts on the Web – Part I". March 19, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Bon Appétit Staff Page". 

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