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may issue of gourmet, anyone?

just read my new issue of the may edition of gourmet.

what do other people think of it?

it's about cooking travel / vacations that you can take. i know that gourmet has become increasingly a lifestyle magazine, but i have always been able to use it in the past. but this, i thought, was just going too far. some of the vacations were worth more than a year of my rent, more than i have ever had in my savings account. none were worth less than two months of rent, and none were worth less than the most expensive car i ever bought. most of all, i have never been able to afford to take off so much time, in my entire working life. the whole issue just felt totally inaccesible as a result to me. the recipes felt random and not cohesive.

thoughts? has anyone tried any recipes and found winners? was anyone else struck by this?

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  1. Frankly, it just struck me as boring. I flipped through and, as usual, could barely tell the ads from the actual content, and I wondered to myself why I renewed my previously lapsed subscription.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      When they sent the card saying "This is your last issue" on the subscription, I literally let out a yelp of joy! When you have to pay really close attention to tell the difference between editorial content and ads, well, that's too much like work.

      1. re: bob192

        For a while, I'd go through the issue and tear out all the ad pages I could, and then read it! Now they pretty much pile up until I file them away w/ the last 17 years worth of them.

    2. I bought this at the checkout stand hoping to find something interesting on the long subway home, man I wish I could return it!

      It was so utterly boring. I read the whole issue and realized this is why I never renewed my subscription 2 years ago and why I just go through recycled ones at work. Food being my life (I am a line-cook), I never have time off let alone the money these places want. The recipes were so-so. Sigh.

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      1. re: bouffe

        i know, i used to be a line cook too. the idea of vacations then was even more out of reach then it is now! how many people can really afford these luxury vacations? and if you do work with food for a living, the idea of spending vacation with a bunch of rich people who don't know how to hold a knife is bizarre, to say the least.

      2. I agree 100%. I am getting very disappointed with the changes happening to the major cooking/food magazine - except for Saveur which thank God still focuses on the food. I already posted a while ago about the decline of Bon Appetit, and now the May issue of Gourmet. You're right, most people can't afford any of the cooking vacations described. It's nice to live vicariously through the articles but still. And I find that when they get that specific it gets hard to source some of the ingredients used.

        1. cook's illustrated is the only food magazine that's ever done anything for me. are there any other good ones that focus on food, and not the sort of ridiculous "food dream vacations" and pinky-out lifestyles on which most of these magazines focus?

          1. First it was Bon Appetit, now Gourmet. I used to get really excited when these mags arrived, but now I only have to get halfway through until I realize that I am already halfway through and haven't seen anything very interesting yet (except, of course, for the very intriguing ads for beautiful kitchen designs and cooking gear that wouldn't fit into my entire apt.). I haven't even flipped through BA in a very long time, but I am having trouble letting go of Gourmet. Their recipes are interesting from time to time, but I can't remember the last time I actually tried one. Saveur and Cucina Italiana are my current favorites.