Thursday, October 8, 2009

Goodbye to Gourmet

Like a lot of folks, I was stunned and saddened by the news that Gourmet magazine is closing after November.

I leave it to the experts to comment on the state of 'old media' and what the future holds for the rest of Conde Nast's publications.

What I know well is how much I'll miss my Mom picking up the phone and saying to me, "Did you see that wonderful recipe in Gourmet?! I'm making it tonight." I'd jump on the couch, bury myself underneath a blanket and spend the next hour dreaming up my next 'great meal.' Much in the same way that Vogue transports me to another world that has nothing to do with my day-to-day life, Gourmet offered an escape.

But Ruth Reichel and her team also made me believe that I, too, could learn to cook really well. It takes practice, yes, but it also takes guts and a willingness to take risks and not fear mistakes.

The world is not without its endless list of food blogs, which I love, but I'll always long for the intimate, monthly gathering I had with Gourmet.

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