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Saveur magcover.jpg
CategoriesFood and wine magazines
Frequency4 issues per year
Total circulation
(December 2012)
Year founded1994
Final issue2021 (print)
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

Saveur is an on-line gourmet, food, wine, and travel magazine that specializes in essays about various world cuisines. Its slogan—Savor a World of Authentic Cuisine—signals the publication's focus on enduring culinary traditions, as opposed to ephemeral food trends. Celebrated for its distinctive, naturalistic style of food photography and vivid writing, Saveur has been notable for placing food in its cultural context, and the magazine's popularity has coincided with a growing interest among American readers in the stories behind the way the world eats. The publication was co-founded by Dorothy Kalins, Michael Grossman, Christopher Hirsheimer, and Colman Andrews, who was also the editor-in-chief from 1996 to 2001. It was started by Meigher Communications in 1994.[2] World Publications bought Saveur and Garden Design in 2000.[3] World Publications was renamed Bonnier Corporation in 2007.[4] A popular feature is the "Saveur 100", an annual list of "favorite restaurants, food, drink, people, places and things".[5]

Saveur history

Saveur was created by Dorothy Kalins, then editor-in-chief of Metropolitan Home magazine. Kalins launched the new food magazine with the help of Christopher Hirsheimer (who produced food stories for Metropolitan Home) and Colman Andrews (who wrote a column for that magazine). Kalins served as Saveur's founding editor-in-chief, with Michael Grossman as creative director, Andrews as executive editor, and Hirsheimer as food editor. Saveur was originally published six times a year by Meigher Communications, a now-defunct publishing company founded by Chris Meigher, a former Time Inc. executive. Saveur has always been based in New York City.

Saveur's first issue hit the stands in the summer of 1994[6] with a 13-page cover story about the famed moles of Oaxaca, Mexico, complete with photos from the region's food markets and home kitchens, and a step-by-step visual guide to making chicken and mole-filled tamales. That inaugural issue also included a piece about a mail-order source for freshly milled flour from Kansas, a piece on beer made by Trappist monks in Belgium, and a behind-the-scenes look at a pizza trade show in Las Vegas. "Do you see the world food first?" Kalins wrote in her first First column, the magazine's letter from the editor. "We think it's time for a new kind of food magazine—one that reconnects us with the ingredients, the process, the true satisfaction of food. We think it's time to stop and smell the rosemary."[7]

Kalins departed Saveur in 2000 after the magazine was purchased by World Publications, a special interest magazine company based in Winter Park, Florida. Under World Publications the magazine was published eight times a year.[6] Andrews served as in editor-in-chief until 2006; he departed shortly after Bonnier, the Swedish media company, purchased a minority stake in World Publications.[8]

James Oseland, a regular Saveur writer who was brought on by Andrews as executive editor, became editor-in-chief in 2006. Oseland, whose first cookbook, Cradle of Flavor: Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, was published in 2006, built a new editorial team. While hewing to the magazine's original mission, the new editors welcomed a growing readership with special feature packages and single-topic issues—from The World of Butter (March 2008) to The Glories of Greece (August 2010)—each of which tackled a single theme in depth. These themed packages and issues included not only recipes and techniques, but also multiple narratives, providing diverse perspectives on each topic of focus. Essayists, novelists, comedians, and others have turned to the subject of food in the pages of Saveur: In the magazine’s October 2010 25 Great Meals issue, Rita Mae Brown wrote of a meal she shared with her grandfather's hunting dogs; Dean Koontz, about sharing sandwiches with his uncle; Marc Maron, about cooking Thanksgiving dinner for his calorie-conscious mother.[9]

In 2014, the editors of Saveur published Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook.[10][11] Contributors included James Oseland and Helen Rosner.[10][12]

In February of 2021, Saveur announced they were ceasing physical publication in favor of an on-line only presence.[13]

Blog awards

In 2010, Saveur opened nominations for the inaugural "Best Food Blog Awards" in nine categories. In 2011, readers voted for their favorite food blogs in 17 categories, including Best Food Photography, Best Regional Cuisine Blog, and Best Kitchen Tools and Hardware Coverage. 2014 was the first year featuring "Reader's Choice" and "Editor's Choice" winners. The 2015 awards honored 78 blogs in 13 categories. The winners of Saveur awards include David Lebovitz, Deb Perelman, Molly Yeh, Joy Wilson, and Michał Korkosz.


Saveur claimed a circulation of 325,000 subscribers, and reported to have 2 million unique visitors monthly.[14]


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. December 31, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  2. ^ Little Big Man
  3. ^ World Publications Acquires 2 Prominent Magazines
  4. ^ World Publications becomes Bonnier Corp. after 18-magazine deal
  5. ^ 'Saveur 100:' Favorites From the World of Food
  6. ^ a b Terrie L. Wilson (2003). "Tasty Selections: An Evaluation of Gourmet Food Magazines". Journal of Agricultural & Food Information. 5 (2): 49–66. doi:10.1300/J108v05n02_06. S2CID 144410329.
  7. ^ Saveur
  8. ^ Bonnier
  9. ^ [information from editors at the publication, contact]
  10. ^ a b "Nonfiction Book Review: Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook—More Than 1,000 of the World's Best Recipes for Today's Kitchen". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Daley, Bill; Hevrdejs, Judy; Gray, Joe (2014-12-03). "Our 10 favorite cookbooks of the season". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Hoffman, Maggie. "Helen Rosner's Favorite Cookbooks". Serious Eats. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  13. ^ Saveur announcement
  14. ^ Saveur
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