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Oct 5, 2009 07:27 AM

Gourmet magazine to close

Apparently Conde Nast is closing Gourmet magazine after the November issue comes out: What a shame. I wonder what will happen to epicurious.

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  1. That's too bad - I like that magazine. Maybe epicurious will become a 'pay' site? I'd pay, I have a lot of recipes in my recipe box there.

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    1. re: jeanmarieok

      Me too. I have 1,790 recipes there! Been a member a long, long time.

    2. While surprised at it's closing, not really surprised. l had bound editions from 1952 on up and my subscription started in 1968. When my subscription was to expire in , cryptically, November l had not planned to renew. Felt over the last three major changes in the last 8-9 years, they took away what l was interested in and felt was meh. A shame, and l still miss the product of the earlier times. Gourmet and Craig Claiborne taught me how to cook.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        I feel the same way you do. I was originally excited when Reichl started, but it's been slowly, slowly backsliding since before her, and she didn't stop it, in fact may have accelerated it.

        I've read things in Gourmet that would NEVER have made it to print before the '90s, like the reviewer in Phoenix talking about the "unique proprietary secret recipe for tortillas" a place used, a combination of wheat flour AND corn! To me, that was a big thunderclap saying that the end was coming. Combo-flour tortillas are extremely common, for starters, and Phoenix is definitely not an epicenter of fabulous authentic Mexican food- too many resorts and chains. There's probably good Mexican food to be had down the road in Guadalupe, a suburb, but I never heard it mentioned.
        Gourmet isn't what it used to be. It crept too closely to Bon Appetit's style for my taste in later years. But I've had a subscription since the '80s, and I'm going to miss it anyway.

        1. re: EWSflash

          Snobbery against Bon Appetiit is so tired (& IMO Manhattan-style snobbery very uninteresting and late 1990s.)

          1. re: Funwithfood

            Accusations of snobbery or elitism are just as boring and predictable. BTW it's certainly not just limited to Manhattan. People are allowed to have different interests expectations and skill levels.

            Time for a new song don't ya think?

            1. re: Withnail42

              Yes, that's what I'm talking about. Spot on.

            2. re: Funwithfood

              I'm a snob and an elitist for thinking that Gourmet in its heyday was a far, far better read than Bon Appetit? So be it. I doubt if I'm alone, though.

              What to hell is Manhattan-style snobbery?

              1. re: EWSflash

                <What to hell is Manhattan-style snobbery?>

                It's tomato based. New England-style snobbery has cream.

                1. re: small h

                  Thanks. I always get them confused.

                  (Nice one.)

                  1. re: Withnail42

                    Yeah, me too, thanks. I've tried and tried to make up word-association sentences but it never works for clam chowder or snobbery.

              2. re: Funwithfood

                exactly what is " Manhattan-style snobbery" - and how is defining a style of snobbery by a locale less snobbish?

          2. I am truly bummed to lose Gourmet. I felt Ruth Reichl pepped up the mag greatly. Often great stories, and always inspiring food. I don't like Bon Appetit nearly as well. I wonder what Ruth Reichl will do?
            According to the report below, they are keeping the Gourmet "brand" and epicurious:


            1. I just received my subscription renewal LOL! I will miss it- I used to get both bon appetit and Gourmet, i dropped bon appetit since i felt they repeat themselves. Alas, sign of the times.

              1. I'm shocked and dismayed. I take this as another sign of the continuing dumbing down of America, as well as the economy. Gourmet was a much better magazine than Bon Appetit, especially under Ruth Reichl. I dislike Bon Appetit, and am increasingly disappointed with Saveur, so there goes my food mags.

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                1. re: Joan Kureczka

                  It's like losing that one aunt you actually get along with...

                    1. re: Joan Kureczka

                      Bon Appetit only features a collection of recipes & not much else. It's Gourmet which gives "class" to food/restaurant reviews and food-writing. I'm so very, very sad.

                      1. re: Joan Kureczka

                        Gourmet's ad revenues (the name of the game in publishing) are significantly lower than Bon Appetit.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Have those numbers (of ad revenue) been released?

                          1. re: nofunlatte

                            An article today in newsweek (online) says that Conde Nast has lost $1 billion in advertising....

                            1. re: nofunlatte

                              This article has a lot of data. I thought the Vanity Fair part was esp. interesting because they don't do such niche subjects as some.


                              1. re: c oliver

                                Thanks QSheba and c_oliver!

                                I noticed that this year's September Vogue was considerably thinner this year (usually the Sept. issue is the only thing that Anna Wintour likes to see "fat"). This is interesting. I must say that I am saddenedby the demise of Gourmet--it wasn't my cup of tea (to use a food-related cliché) but it was an icon.