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Gourmet: We'll always have Thanksgiving

Gourmet Magazine's final issue.

In a way, it was appropriate that the final issue of Gourmet would be in November. The Thanksgiving issue is always the most anticipated -- at least from a full-time food writer's perspective. The gluttonous holiday is both a highlight and a chore for food writers. Regina Schrambling said it best in an article last year in Slate: "Every fall, writers and editors have to knock themselves out to come up with a gimmick — fast turkey, slow turkey, brined turkey, unbrined turkey — when the meal essentially has to stay the same. It's like redrawing the Kama Sutra when readers really only care about the missionary position."

Ruth Reichl and her team were under that pressure -- plus, without knowing it, the pressure of producing the last-ever issue of Gourmet. How would they do the turkey this year? Would the editors successfully strike a balance between tradition and something vaguely original?

I think they pulled it off. There's plenty of tradition: a cider-glazed turkey, cranberry-orange relish and a cover shot that is about as old-school as it gets. But the editors got plenty creative with desserts. In addition to the sweet potato tart tatin I'm making this year, I'm thinking of going for Gourmet's gingerbread and pumpkin trifle, and, possibly, the spice cake with caramelized pears and maple butter cream.

For me, it's a keeper. What do you think?

-- Jane Black

By Jane Black  |  October 26, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
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I only recently resubscribed to Gourmet and have about 8 issues left to go on my subscription--do you know what will happen? So far, I've received nothing from the magazine about its closure, in fact, the November issue was mailed wrapped with a flyer urging me to get gift subscriptions of Gourmet for my friends for the holidays!! While I'm not a big fan of Bon Appetit, I'd rather get that for the rest of my subscription period than nothing.

Posted by: NoMad3 | October 26, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

As far as I know, you will get Bon App for the rest of the time. I haven't heard of anyone getting refunds, though I wonder what they would say if you called...

Posted by: Jane Black | October 26, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Per "Please be advised that Gourmet magazine will cease publication after the November issue. Subscribers can look forward to receiving Bon Appetit magazine for the remainder of their subscription."

Posted by: smbetz | October 26, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I think everyone should make a recipe from Gourmet for Thanksgiving as a way of giving thanks.

Posted by: samfromartz | October 26, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I'll be buying it. Just read Garlic and Sapphires and stayed up till 3 in the morning to do so. Bon voyage, Ruth!


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 26, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

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