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A Very Sad Lunch Break

I've been meaning to subscribe to Gourmet magazine. The photos are famously gorgeous. The recipes are great. But I've increasingly come to respect their journalism. Some of the best food-related pieces of the past few years -- David Foster Wallace's Consider the Lobster, Barry Estabrook on the Immokalee workers, Daniel Zwerdling's expose of chicken farms -- found their home in Gourmet's pages.

But now Conde Nast is shuttering Gourmet. So today's lunch break comes from their YouTube channel, and it's about one of those simple, important things: how to sharpen a knife.

Consider this an open thread to link to your favorite Gourmet articles.

By Ezra Klein  |  October 5, 2009; 1:27 PM ET
Categories:  Food  
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This is sad. Gourmet has been a part of the background of my life -- often well in the background, but the subscriptions were so nominal in cost -- for decades.

Posted by: bdballard | October 5, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The back issues of the magazines are certainly keepers... with an editorial focus substantially more appealing to the tastebuds: see, for example, for recipes including chicken, lobster, and tomatoes.

Posted by: rmgregory | October 5, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't agree more ... As mainstream and alternative press have been taking on food politics with increasing regularity over the last few years, Gourmet was the only food magazine doing the same, proving that it was so much more than good 'ol "food porn."

But oh, those photos...

Posted by: freckledcitizen | October 5, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

This comes as a huge shock. It's my favorite food magazine. It may even, it favorite magazine! Who makes these decisions, and do they have souls?

Posted by: Bertilak | October 5, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I like Saveur better; though it's got a bit more of an anthropology angle that does occasionally border on the cheesy (quaint old family portraits get a bit old).

Posted by: ThomasEN | October 5, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

OMG. I've been subscribing to Gourmet since 1981. With our last move, from Chicago to Boston, I decided I could no longer schlep the whole collection. So I spent weeks with an X-acto knife cutting out the covers and all the recipe pages (leaving behind all the ad pages and those sometimes fabulous articles), inserting each issue in a plastic sleeve.

I drag out every November issue from the last 28 years each Thanksgiving and pore through to recreate all my old favorites. So sad. So sad. What will replace my monthly thrill at finding the new Gourmet in my mailbox?

Posted by: JJenkins2 | October 5, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse


you know epicurious has the Gourmet recipes, right? I'm not sure if they have ALL of them, but it seems like it could be.

Posted by: ThomasEN | October 5, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Thomas EN. Yes, I was going to mention Epicurious. I use it frequently, and it's great as an index for me. But it doesn't go back as far as 1981. So, for example, there was a carrot cake with marzipan rabbits that I started making for my daughter's birthday when she was 2 ... and have had to repeat the whole elaborate thing for many of her twenty-six more birthdays since. It is not on the Epicurious site. Not really a biggie. I have enough recipes to last me a lifetime. It was getting it in the mail and being inspired by all those beautiful pictures that I'll miss. I'll be standing by Epicurious religiously. (And I still get Bon Appetit.) Just another reminder that the world as I knew it is rapidly fading ... which means I'm getting old. Or something.

Posted by: JJenkins2 | October 5, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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