Why the editors chose a photo of croque-monsieur sandwiches for the cover is still perplexing to me, especially considering the plethora of Valentine's Day ideas inside the magazine. You would never know that from the cover, which does not even mention Valentine's Day. I'm still scratching my head about the decision making process behind this choice, actually.
MY VERSION OF THE FEBRUARY COVER:
Because I like to play with visuals, I had the audacity to rethink and recreate the cover using an image by Anna Williams of lemon-date bars with X and O patterns stenciled in confectioner's sugar, which appears on the splash page (page 67) in the issue. It think it's on-brand. It's still food-centric (if that's what the editors are going for these days, then it meets that requirement) and it alludes to Valentine's Day without being overtly kitschy about it. It think the image is clean, enticing and whimsical. What do you guys think about having this image as the cover instead of the ''ooey gooey'' cheese cover?