"Perhaps the most impressive of all the cookbook blogs are the three devoted to the 2004 edition of Gourmet magazine's "The Gourmet Cookbook" -- all 5¼ pounds and 1,300-odd recipes of it. Befitting this culinary Everest, all three writers are overachievers in their professional lives."

--Lee Gomes, The Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2008
"I should have told you before how much I've been enjoying reading your thoughts. You seem like such a great cook."

--Ruth Reichl, Editor-in-Chief of Gourmet Magazine, June 8 2008, comment on "Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream".

Monday, October 5, 2009

Shock--Condé Nast to close Gourmet Magazine

You know, I heard this rumor sometime last year, but I never ever thought it could possibly come true. Axing Gourmet over Bon Appetit? And on the heels of not just one but two amazing cookbook releases? I can see how it could be considered in a devestated economy, but come on--the tide is rising again, slowly but surely.

There is much to say here about corporate overlords, shareholders and profit margins vs. cooking, writing, art and love. But right now I'm thinking only about the hard-working staff of Gourmet and their families, and of course our Ruth, who is the front man for this band and is absorbing a lot of praise and criticism in the media right now.

Ruth. Our director? I'm thinking Tarantino.


Georgia said...

Thanks for letting us know. Missed this sad story in the Times. Makes your blog all the more important.

The FoodNinja said...

There is a cold place in Hell for those who casually murder the cherished darlings of the world in the name of misplaced efficiency. Their punishment is to sit forever and stare at the empty place where their heart was supposed to be.

Ryan said...

I'm so sorry. When I first heard the news I thought of you and the other Gourmet food bloggers.