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Gourmet Magazine to shut down

GourmetMagazineMastheadThe New York Times is reporting that Gourmet Magazine  – the 68-year-old food and lifestyle publication — will shut down. Publisher Condé Nast decided to pull the plug on the classic and much loved periodical because of drastically shrinking ad pages. Gourmet’s editor in chief is food world bigwig Ruth Reichl. Condé Nast will continue to publish Bon Appétit, its other food title.

I have to admit that I’ve switched my loyalties in recent years from Gourmet to Bon Appétit, which has started seeming more relevant to the ways I like to cook at home and eat out. Still, I’m sorry to see Gourmet shut down. Reichl did an amazing job turning that magazine around when she left the New York Times in the 1990’s to take it over. Specifically, she brought in great writers who gave it a literary feel. For many years there, Gourmet felt important.

Did you read Gourmet? Will you miss it?

29 comments Add your comment

Hal boyd

October 5th, 2009
10:51 am

I will miss it. I enjoyed reading it and it expanded my horizons about food and travel. I do tend to cook more from Bon Appetit, as you suggested. A loss of a quality magazine. The print world is really shrinking fast.

Voice of Reason #1

October 5th, 2009
10:53 am

Nice magazine; often great recipes. I won’t miss it because I haven’t perused recipe books lately. I have a TON of recipes/tear sheets from magazines and I took two weekends this past summer, organized everything, put stuff in binders with plastic 3-hole sheet protectors. I don’t need any more recipes ever. But I do have to resist the urge to tear out 1 or 2 when looking through mags. But so far, I’m succeeding. Also, in doing that, I found where Gourmet and Bon Appetit mags had actually recycled some recipes from years past–same recipe; same pics!

Atlanta Native

October 5th, 2009
11:06 am

I was given a subscription, but did not renew. It was a good magazine, but some of it was just too expensive a lifestyle that was being sold. Bon Appetit is good, too and duplicative. I have become a Cook’s Illustrated fan as of late.

MDA

October 5th, 2009
11:08 am

I’d read anything Ruth Reichl writes. She’s amazing.

I always found at least one recipe worth trying in each issue, so this is sad news.

My kids will be happy, however. They invariably hated anything from Gourmet that I tried to make.

JLM

October 5th, 2009
11:18 am

I so will miss it! I’m really disappointed it’s going out of print. It’s one of the only food magazines that I truly enjoy – it’s recipes I trust. A loss for those that still love beautiful photos along with their recipes!

Tyree

October 5th, 2009
11:20 am

I guess it’s a combination of several factors. First the rotten economy. Second, society has become more casual and fine dining has a disconnect with the younger generation. Witness the closure of the dining room at the Ritz Carlton. Finally a victim of the internet. It’s hard to sell paper magazine and newspapers when you can go online in this day and time a pretty much get it for free.

jd

October 5th, 2009
11:21 am

Sign of the times.

New magazines that might work: Grow Your Own Food, Cooking With Left Overs, Eat At Home, Food Stamp Gourmet

Store Brand Fan

October 5th, 2009
11:24 am

Their old format was much better. I saved copies for years, finally tearing out what I wanted to keep and filing great recipes. The new format omitted favorite, long-standing columns that I enjoyed so much [such as the recipes to favorite restaurants & hotels]. The new format was just a bunch of close-ups of mushrooms with peeling paint in the background.

CR

October 5th, 2009
11:25 am

Really, Food Stamp Gourmet?

catherine

October 5th, 2009
11:28 am

I have so many back issues that I can’t bring myself to throw away! This is such heartbreaking news. Fine recipes, fine travel, and fine editorial. G- I hope to find you in another form, somewhere!

John Kessler

October 5th, 2009
11:31 am

Interesting observations. I know what you mean, Store Brand Fan. Sometimes those very artistic food photos don’t have a lot to say about food as much as lifestyle. MDA – Ruth R. is an amazing writer, and I’m sure we’ll still be hearing more from her. Atlanta Native — I’m with you re: Cook’s Illustrated. I’ve heard that’s the only food magazine that is making money these days.

Sp Ed Teacher

October 5th, 2009
11:35 am

Enter your comments hereI just renewed! Guess they will extend Bon Appetite or I will call my credit card and tell them not to pay.

Ryan

October 5th, 2009
11:46 am

I’ll miss the articles and whatnot, but I think they really hurt themselves by putting their recipes online for free. Not that I’m complaining, I’m just saying. And Cook’s Illustrated is probably the best food magazine available anywhere.

john

October 5th, 2009
11:47 am

Many of Gourmet Magazines recipes are indexed on epicurious.com, the site I favor most. It has single handedly convinced my friends that I am a amazing cook. If you stick to the recipes on that site with atleast 3 and 1/2 stars you almost can’t go wrong. I made a coconut custard pie this weekend that was a Gourmet Magazine recipe and my family and girlfriend said it might be the best pie they have ever had. I really hope epicurious doesn’t lose the deal they have to publish those recipes.

C.A.

October 5th, 2009
11:48 am

I, too, miss the old Gourmet. Saveur substitutes better than the others mentioned, in my opinion.

Jon Carson

October 5th, 2009
12:04 pm

EGourmet made a fatal mistake (in my opinion) when Ruth Reischal repositoned it away from travel and went more directly head to head with bon appetite.

whereas it had been for years a diffferentiated magazine under its longtime editor Jane Montant (1965-1991)Gourmet began to have the obligatory turkey on every novemeber cover.

this did two things- it commoditized the content- no longer were there unique stories about shopping in paris or a weekend in boston. second, no longer were tourist bureaus and other travel advertisors spending money in the book.

and it is unclear whether the world needs anoher undifferentiated cooking magazinenter your comments here

F-105 Thunderchief

October 5th, 2009
12:15 pm

It was a good mag. But, I’ve been a Bon Appetit man for a long time now.

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BlondeHoney

October 5th, 2009
1:09 pm

I will DEFINITELY miss Gourmet; used to subscribe and still buy a copy every month. Sad news…am holding out hope that it may live online.

John Kessler

October 5th, 2009
1:24 pm

BlondeHoney: Apparently the brand will continue in book publishing and Tv, and I would imagine the fine and very well read website will stay up.

Richard

October 5th, 2009
1:47 pm

I subscribed when Ruth first took over, but after 2-3 years I found it entertaining but not all that useful. Food & Wine has been my cooking magazine of choice for the past 2-3 years. I resubscribed to Gourmet last year after getting a $10 a year offer, but declined to renew. F&W usually has several items I want to cook and at least 2-3 that do make it onto the table.

John

October 5th, 2009
2:47 pm

We gave our daughter a subscription last year for Christmas and received a complimentary subscription. I have not been impressed. The photography was excellent and the travel type articles were good but I rarely found a recipe that even remotely appealed to me. They often involved ingredients that were expensive and/or impossible to find and most sounded inedible. They have been pressuring me to renew for months even more than most magazines do. I’m glad I didn’t accept their offers. The magazine will not be missed.

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pika

October 7th, 2009
2:09 pm

I enjoy a good “aspirational” magazine as much as the next wannabe-foodie, but Gourmet went beyond that and into Crazyland. I decided not to renew my subscription after one issue featuring gold-leafed Valrhona chocolate cupcakes on the cover. Turns out the gold-leaf made the cupcakes inedible.

laurie

October 10th, 2009
11:38 pm

Oh, so sad! I always felt that Gourmet was always ahead of the pack. I based most of my travel plans on Gourmet articles. I have been a fan of Gourmet since the 70’s and I still have all the issues referring back to them many times. My Thanksgiving with family and friends has always been what Gourmet featured in their magazine. It taught me a lot about cooking a turkey and I share this knowledge with many since then. I loved the old format of Gourmet and when it changed started venturing into other food magazines. I agree with some of the others that Cooks Illustrated is the foodie magazine of choice for me now. Saveur is running a close second. I will miss Gourmet!

Dan

October 12th, 2009
5:52 pm

I will miss Gourmet very much. Though I can understand how the word “gourmet” now sounds a bit dated. New, younger readers, had to first get past old-school assumptions that go with the word “Gourmet”, and then get past the über-formal scripted cover masthead. The cover logo looked like the product of a 1960’s white tablecloth restaurant. Some rebranding was in order. The entire front door to the brand was dated. Too bad, because once inside, one realized very quickly that this was a special magazine worthy of somehow saving. Let’s hope the best of Gourmet reincarnates elsewhere…and then charges what it’s really worth. Stop giving this stuff away, and build a business model around paid

Sonny

October 22nd, 2009
12:16 pm

I have about 90% of all the Gourmet magazines from the past 40 or so years. I will miss the magazine … November is the last issue … unfulfilled issues (on subscriptions) are going to switch to Bon Appetit starting with the December issue.

Joni

June 10th, 2010
11:38 pm

Enter your comments hereI’m looking for a recipe for chicken stroganoff that was published in the mid 80s to 90s. My magazines got thrown out in a move. Any one know the recipe I’m talking about? It was amazing!