The 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?