Thursday, October 15, 2009

the end of an era

(Above photo taken at Delancey. If you're in Seattle and haven't been, what are you waiting for?)

By now I'm sure most of you are aware of the demise of Gourmet, announced early last week. I'm still saddened by the news. I'll miss the photography, the great recipes... If you haven't already, consider perusing and printing out some of the 'on line exclusives' while the website is still available. I spent some time yesterday morning looking through them, and some of the older MFK Fisher pieces. If you haven't seen this one (originally published in 1948) -- An Alphabet for Gourmets (via Viv) -- it is definitely worth a read; I printed it out.

An interesting debate has arisen in the aftermath. If you're interested, first read this Op-Ed piece by Christopher Kimball, then this well-crafted response.

12 comments:

Purple Flowers said...

I am also saddened by the demise of Gourmet magazine from circulation. In addition to a great magazine, I think of the people who are now searching for another job in the ever competing publishing world. There are several magazines that have now become ghosts.

Debra said...

That was very interesting to read. Hmmm... sour grapes come to mind. Makes me wonder how long we'll have Food & Wine. I'd be lost without my favorite food blogs- but I can do quite nicely without some of the food magazines.

KPiep said...

I can't say that I've ever even looked at an issue...but I know several people who are upset, and I'm sorry!

Jodi said...

Great post and terrific links. Oh how you make me want to be in Seattle. As I peruse the web it seems the hub of activity and joy.

Coffee with Cathy said...

Lecia -- I'm especially sad that former editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl's voice has been stifled now ... but only for a short time, I hope. In an AP interview, she said she's now planning a book about her Conde Nast years. She's a talented writer -- can't wait to read this!

Barbara said...

Your posting (and links) was quite thought-provoking, Lecia. I will miss Gourmet's photography and recipes and frankly, cooking magazines may be the only contact some people have with recipes and innovative food ideas. There ARE people not online or if they are, it's to a minimal extent and they do not surf for food blogs. (I know because I send links to my sister all the time) So that makes me sad. On the other hand, food blogging has been an eye opening experience for all of us. I hvae learned so much. And it will be the future. Some of the photography equals Gourmet. Excellent post.

Ina in Alaska said...

I'm with Debra's comment above. I enjoyed Gourmet for many years and currently I find the most wonderful recipes on Food & Wine. Very reliable food there!

please sir said...

Very sad to see another great magazine disappear...thanks for the links.

Becky said...

Thanks for those links. That MFK Fisher piece on getting a martini in Europe is priceless.

nicola@which name? said...

wow. i actually had no idea. it sounds as though epicurious.com will continue to be around, and that is a well appreciate site in this house. i haven't linked through to all the articles you shared, but i am guessing one has to do with the decline of written publications? such a sad topic to me, a book lover and lover of writing things down in a tangible way.
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Cate said...

very sad about gourmet. sigh.
but, you, living near delancey is just not AT ALL sad. eat a pizza for all of us and two desserts for me.

Blessings Flow Down said...

Gasp! This is so sad...even though I haven't gazed upon one in years. My parents subscribed to Gourmet for a very long time. Again, the demise of another nostalgic item contributed from a wonderful by gone era.