Observer Food Monthly in United Kingdom & Ireland: Dining Posted November 23, 2006 that's not true, Andy, the sad fact is there are many publications around the world that pay little or nothing and get excellence in return. It's only excellence and reputation that attracts the same. Nor is it true that one bad article in PPC, even if it occurred once an issue, is a sign that the slender budget attracts shocking writers.←Cheers - that's an articulate answer to the question I was about to ask ... "so what makes the good writers submit pieces to PPC?" ....and also, is one very bad piece sufficient to condemn a publication?I thought the debate and negative view on OFM so far seemed to be based on an accumulation of lightweight pieces.FWIW - I usually buy the Observer anyway and am quite happy to flick through OFM when it's there. Some pieces I like. Some I don't. But given the enormous pile of foodbooks, magazines and other online material, I don't feel too starved of reading matter. In fact, if you gave me any more stuff on food, my tenuous grip on "normal" life might finally snap!