Cook's Illustrated Magazine
I cat sit for friends of mine who have a subscription to Cook's Illustrated. I'm always excited to hear that they're going away. Cook's Illustrated chronicles experiments in cooking. How to make the best layer cake, the best barbequed ribs, or the best apple pie. If you need to get a pepper grinder, they're there testing out ten different grinders and telling you exactly which one does what. The magazine is a rich source of well constructed articles on cooking, baking and the products you use in the kitchen. It isn't gimmicky or fancy. It just does the job.