October 5, 2009

Gourmet Magazine Closing

Another one bites the dust! In shocking news, it was announced today that Gourmet magazine is closing. Although I have a food blog, I don’t really cook at all (not that I can’t cook, I just don’t cook.)gourmet aug 2008

I love reading recipes and looking at all of the gorgeous pictures and I have always found great insider tips on places to visit when I am travelling.

Such a shame for everyone involved in Gourmet.


  1. Totally stunned by the news. I'd read their advertising was way down but I had no idea things had reached so dire a state.

  2. Oh, my, gosh! I am so sad. I love Gourmet. Is Bon Appetite soon to follow?!

  3. So very sad for this news (and the other 3 magazines that Conde Nast announced they are closing, though I can't say I've read any of the bridal magazines in a very, very long time...). Ruth Reichl is such an intelligent editor -- I love all of her books, as well. Meg, if you haven't read Comfort me with Apples, Tender at the Bone, or Garlic and Sapphires, I think you'd love them!

  4. You know as far as corporations go we in America have been in a downsizing spiral for at least a decade. However, I didn't stop to think that eventually it would mean the downsizing of America in general period but that is exactly what has occurred. It is still rather freightening that we are not out of the woods yet financially. With the lose of so many jobs goes the funds to purchase all those magazines, as we turn to needs rather than wants and pleasures. We have been inthralled into such a nation of comsumerism that it is jolting to take the foot off the peddle so to speak.

  5. I loved that magazine, but will admit that I only bought it once a year or twice. I have tended to buy Cooks and Cooking Light in recent years, but Gourmet was a real celebration of food. Sad news!

    Terri xo

  6. I hear they also closed the Cookie magazine. Bad times.

  7. I really thought the Great Magazine Shake-out was over. Damn.

  8. DEAR M-

    I don't cook--and I used to...past tense...read Gourmet is waiting for my dentist or some such...

    Oh, dear, it is always sad when a creative endeavor bites the dust.

    Cookie, all the brides publications and Gourmet--kept a lot of photographers in business, as well as models, food stylists, kitchens, studios and all the talent surrounding magazines.
    I am so sorry to read this news.
    Sorry for the beautiful photography I won't see.
    Sorry for the ideas that won't be generated.
    Sorry for the eye candy I will miss.
    Sorry for people who will be looking for a job.

    Good luck to all of them--and thanks for the pleasure of their beautiful work.
    cheers, www.thestylesaloniste.com

  9. Wow, I interned for Cookie not too long after they launched! I remember how excited everyone was for the publication and all its potential. It's really sad to see these magazines go under.

  10. I'm so bummed about this too. Yet another example of quality being trumped by the more low-brow and mass-appealing.

    Gourmet's photographs were incredibly inspiring, the recipes were fantastic AND they actually practiced food journalism -- helping us remember where our food comes from and how it affects those who produce it, eat it and live near it. Sad.


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