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Jun 28, 2006 07:42 PM

Does Anyone Save Cooking Mags? Looking for Something Very Specific! [Moved from General Topics]

Maybe someone can help me and I hope this is the right board to make this request.

I am searching for a very specific recipe that seems to be all but lost to me. Gordonsville Fried Chicken.

First of all, please do NOT tell me to contact Mr. John T. Edge, or to buy his book. I did both already. It's NOT in there. He does have a recipe that is "inspired" by the people of Gordonsville but it is absolutely not the recipe I seek.

Ok, now that I got that out of the way...

The recipe was originally printed in either Gourmet or Bon Appetit around 1988 through 1992. Not earlier or later, that much I can pinpoint due to events in my life.

I kept the recipe for several years but lost it in a move. I contacted the magazine at that time. They were able to provide me with a xerox copy. Unfortunately, several moves later and before the advent of the use of personal computers ad nauseum, I again lost the recipe and forgot which publication it came from. I tried contacting both magazines to no avail as the recipe by then was far to ancient even for them to dig up.

I've done web searches, and nothing similar comes up. I do remember the recipe more or less, nothing matches it.

So, my only hope now it either to make a road trip to Gordonsville (which in itself is such a Chowhoundish thing to do, that this may be my only solution) or I can hope that some obsessive/compulsive magazine hoarder out there has this issue sucking up storage space in their garage or attic. Wouldn't you just love to be able to prove to your significant other that there was a good reason for saving all of those magazines? LOL!



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  1. Not trying to be a smartass, but have you tried the public library? Or maybe a library on a college campus? Maybe even a library at a cooking school?

    Two magazines x 4 years is a lot of back issues ... but it wouldn't take too long to leaf through them ... if you could find a library with back issues that old ... just a thought, anyway

    1. No you weren't being a smartass :-) It was a great suggestions in fact. I already looked in my local library - but I live in a small town and that was useless. I also did a brief, albeit not thorough search in NYC, where I work so I do need to go back there.

      However, I never thought about a cooking school. That's a great idea.

      Yep, it is a lot of back issues I know that but I thought I'd throw it out here just in case. You never know. I was stunned that anyone even heard of Gordonsville Fried Chicken when I originally posted about this a while back!



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      1. re: sivyaleah

        Good luck ...

        and while I'm sure you already thought of this, I'll suggest it anyway ...

        There are online websites that sell back issues of magazines. Also, a lot of used book stores sell magazine back issues.

        It's out there, you'll find it ...

      2. Actually Paul, I had NOT thought of that! Thanks for the suggestion, that one is brilliant! I'm going to start searching!


        1. I got frustrated last year trying to find a recipe in Bon Appetit during that same time period so I bought a bunch of magazines from an Ebay seller. Unfortunately, I have looked through them and can't find the one you are looking for. She advertised them as being complete but, they are not because in the November 1988 issue, the index says there is a recipe for perfect fried chicken on page 226 but those pages are gone as is the table of contents. That is what I get for not checking the magazines closer at the time. Anyway, if the recipe was called Perfect Fried Chicken, you might try finding the November 1988 issue. Otherwise, I have had no luck in turning up this recipe.

          1. Velma, that was very nice of you to take a look for me in the '98 issues. I really appreciate it! Unfortunately, that isn't the name of the recipe - I know for sure it's called Gordonsville Fried Chicken, that part I remember :-)

            It's so frustrating, isn't it? At least now, Epicurious has all the recipes from Gourmet and Bon Appetit from recent years, so it's gotten a lot easier for us!