March 1, 2011

Mixed Bag: March’s Best Magazine Covers Come in With Plenty of Variety

msliving_march2011.jpgWith as many magazine subscriptions as I get, it’s exciting to see what each title will deliver in terms of covers monthly, seasonally or bi-monthly (depending on publication schedules).

Where many months’ covers seem to be dictated in part by holidays–October, November, December, even February, for example–”off” months can be more of a mixed bag, like March. Sure there were some very general themes across several covers and some straddled the seasons, but there was enough variety–and hit-or-miss–among them to make picking the month’s best covers fairly simple.

1. Martha Stewart Living magazine: Another month, another great cover. The simple and seasonal elegance of the colorful veggies that front the March 2011 gardening issue may even lull non-green thumbers into planting a crop of their own this season–or at least incorporating more farm-fresh goodness into their diets.

bon_appetit_subscription_march2011.jpg2. Eating Well magazine: Similar to the Martha Stewart Living cover, this March/April issue puts asparagus center stage. This eye-catching image, and bright pink blurbs and masthead, hint at the upcoming season change, while still bridging the transition between the two exceptionally well.

3. Bon Appétit magazine: Ooey, gooey mac-and-cheese is a can’t-miss comfort food standby, and this March cover swears it’s the tastiest version ever made. While it may be more suitable for a fall or winter cover than one beckoning warmer weather, you still can’t go wrong with this dish–or this kind of presentation.

4. Better Homes and Gardens magazine: Teals, corals and whites pop off this March cover that makes the cut mostly for its colors. Still, the composition is a slight change from the publication’s often very symmetrical layout, and who could begrudge a fresh new start to spring?

southern_living_subscription_march2011.jpg5. Vegetarian Times magazine: More asparagus (and other veggies) are served up front and center on this March issue. Cool shades of blue and coral are seasonally noncommittal, making for a smooth transition from thinking about strategies for keeping warm to beating the heat. (Well, soon enough anyway.)

6. Food & Wine magazine: There’s still a chill in the air for some readers, so this March 2011 cover featuring soups and salads in front of a glowing fireplace doesn’t seem too out of place. It’s cozy, yet its sky blue masthead and accents seem assuring that a change of seasons is on its way.

7. Southern Living magazine: For some subscribers, celebrating strawberries and pound cake in March may seem a little premature. But not here in the South, where we’re already experiencing spring-like weather–or at least hoping our atypical winter weather is behind us.

About the Author

Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan is obsessed with good food, great shoes and Alabama football way down South in Savannah, Georgia. She hasn’t met a kitchen gadget she hasn’t at least thought about buying (trying them is another story) and devotes her time to Bikram Yoga, baking and trying to overcome long-held finicky eating habits.