A friend of mine received his copy of the February issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine in the mail yesterday and hastily exclaimed his reaction when he sent in the image: "Not what I would expect for a February cover." I'm afraid I have to agree. In my opinion, this cover is perhaps the most unattractive cover in the history of Martha Stewart Living. Not only is there no hint of Valentine's Day (not even in the text) but the image itself is off-putting: a group of croque-monsieur sandwiches clustered together on a parchment-lined baking sheet. It isn't artful. It isn't cheery. It isn't even appetizing. As delicious as croque-monsieur sandwiches are (I've had one - they're great!) I am turned off by the sea of greasy, melted cheese and that slippery fried egg in the image. I don't want this on my coffee table. From a design perspective it falls short. The text is lost in the visual clutter and the colour used for the masthead is jarring.