Monday, October 05, 2009

RIP Gourmet Magazine

After 68 years, Gourmet Magazine is no more. A memo from Condé Nast CEO Chuck Townsend states:
From: Townsend, Chuck
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 10:17 AM
Subject: Announcing Changes within Condé Nast

Gourmet magazine will cease monthly publication, but we will remain committed to the brand, retaining Gourmet’s book publishing and television programming, and Gourmet recipes on We will concentrate our publishing activities in the epicurean category on Bon Appétit.
The Web site will remain up until the end of the year, at least.

One might have thought Bon Appétit would be the title to go, rather than Gourmet, eh? Because I can't keep up with my magazine subscriptions, I canceled Gourmet a while back, but I did purchase the above issue because I had heard about the potential shut down.

How do you feel about this?

1 comment:

MCWolfe said...

I stopped reading Gourmet after Ruth Reichl took over because, to my mind, she ruined the magazine. Under her reign Gourmet got so dumbed down that it was virtually unreadable for anyone with a brain. I'm sorry to see it go because for many years it was the only food magazine worth reading but thank heavens Saveur has moved into that spot.

I am pretty surprised, however, that Bon Appetit it still alive. It is the Seventeen of food mags - just plain silly.