Gourmet magazine to fold
I just got off the plane from Chicago (with a quick detour to Whole Foods to buy staples and a late vegetarian sushi and black cherry soda lunch -- not as dreadful a combination as it sounds).
When I got home and to my computer, the first thing I saw was an e-mail from Hal Laurent telling me that Gourmet magazine is going to cease publication. ...
Somewhere I have the first Gourmet magazine I ever bought, with fresh corn in a blue pot on the cover and my recipe for corn pudding inside. Somewhere are the holiday issues I saved over the years, never making all the elaborate dishes and cookies and Christmas puddings, but always planning to.
On my cookbook shelves are all the early Gourmet cookbooks, and there were a lot of them, the ones that taught me how to entertain. I even still have the "You Asked for It" recipes for dishes from Baltimore restaurants like Danny's in their heyday. I can't believe Gourmet won't be around, even though I stopped subscribing years ago.
And that, of course, was the problem.
(Later: Thanks also to Robert of Cross Keys and turkeybone who let me know on my other e-mail, which I checked just now.)