My local public library has a database of electronic resources, including eBooks, digital audio files of books on tape, online newspapers, etc. I have recently discovered that in the periodical databases, issues of many popular cooking magazines are available in PDF format- for free!
I have free access to current and archived issues of magazines such as Vegetarian Times, Gourmet, Martha Stewart Living, etc. through the database called MasterFILE Premier. Ask your public librarian!