Cooking Light was a monthly national magazine first published in 1987 by Southern Progress. The magazine, with over 1.5 million paid subscribers and nearly 11 million readers in 2006, described itself as the "largest epicurean magazine in the country." It covered food topics with a particular interest in health, within the context of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. The magazine was complemented by the CookingLight.com website, launched in 1995, which reached millions of readers with daily news, recipes and nutrition information.
Cooking Light sponsored an annual "Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest" and promoted "Cooking Light Supper Clubs" with special materials. The magazine also sponsored a "FitHouse" display home each year, co-sponsored a professional women's cycling team, and organized special events around the country.
In 2018 the Meredith Corporation of Des Moines, Iowa, which had purchased the magazine from TIME Inc. announced plans to merge the title with the smaller Shelburne, Vermont-based EatingWell. "Cooking Light" would continue to produce occasional "special interest publications" for newstands, and to maintain an online and social media presence.
- Silber, Tony (September 12, 2018) "Meredith Merges Food Magazines Cooking Light And EatingWell." Forbes