Food has always influenced the writing world, as shown by medieval cookbooks written in olive-oil ink and Renaissance sonnets addressed to comely pears. Today’s Groupon nourishes minds with another kind of food writing: for $20, you get a one-year subscription to Edible Orange County magazine (a $42 value).
A bimonthly celebration of Southern California food and food artisans, Edible Orange County garnishes its glossy pages with reviews of area eateries, sustainable gardening tips, and other locavore lore. The magazine's rich crop of editorial content, highlighted by Edible Communities' 2011 James Beard Foundation Publication of the Year Award win, embraces in-depth investigative articles—for instance, the early-spring issue traced the causes of pear orchards' disappearance from Southern California back to economic pressures, invasive pests, and seasonal black holes. Additionally, readers can riffle through Edible Orange County to catch up on foodie news, test out epicurean recipes, and dig up the dirt on the latest home-gardening scandals.