There are loads of home and garden periodicals in the marketplace, but one in particular stands heads above the crowd. Sunset magazine is an excellent resource for do it yourselfers, home gardeners, travelers and cooks. Each issue is packed to the brim with truly useful informative articles. The photo layouts are beautifully done, and their step by step do it yourself project guides are cleanly illustrated and well written.
All Sunset recipes are tested first in their own kitchens to prove out the recipe and make certain it will work in the average home kitchen. At the end of each year Sunset publishes an annual recipe collection that contains all the year's recipes and more. Being an inveterate bread baker, I appreciate the cautions as to which bread recipes will be doable at home and which won't. I first learned how to proof my kneaded breads through Sunsets monthly columns. New cooks will especially appreciate their easy to read and reproduce recipes, including advice as to which kitchen appliance works best when creating a dish.
The garden section is a pure joy. Although it's geared towards the Western half of the U.S., their garden advice is universal. Each season brings a section giving you a guide to what needs to be done in your garden. A different family of plants is highlighted monthly, along with soil, sun, and watering needs. What this gives the home gardener is a complete and comprehensive overview of the everyday garden and how to make it shine. Again, as with the recipe section, Sunset tests out plants and only uses ones that satisfactorily thrive in their own gardens. Urban gardeners will especially appreciate their step by step guides to creating gorgeous container gardens. They are often breathtakingly beautiful and surprisingly affordable.
In the do it yourself section, you'll find featured remodels on homes, how to build a walkway, retaining wall, patio or pond in a weekend, or instructions for much more complex projects. Sunset also yearly builds an energy efficient home, packed with the newest and state of the art materials. People can visit the home and get ideas that can be incorporated in their own homes.
California is a beautiful state, and each month Sunset features day trips to some of the best known and sometimes little known areas of the Golden State. We've had many an adventure hopping in the car and following Sunsets map to fantastic places we might not have ever seen, except for Sunset's timely guides. From windswept beaches to hidden ghost towns the travel guides are a wonderful family resource for weekend fun together.
Unlike many home and garden magazines, Sunset truly gives its readers a solid periodical, filled with both timely and useful advice.