It wasn’t devoted to Italy but it was “the magazine of good living” and what could be more Italian than that?
Conde Nast is closing Gourmet magazine, which has been published since 1941. To those of us in the food community, this feels like a death in the family. Gourmet has always been there, as the standard bearer, like a culinary Statue of Liberty.
The times they are a changin’. . .perhaps not for the better?
Here’s a link to our post about the magazine’s Italian-American cooking issue from January 2009.
How do you feel about Gourmet’s demise?
We talked about this shift in the publishing extensively tonight in my topics in nonfiction class. One boy lamented that he always assumed specialty magazines would remain safe, but after learning about Gourmet’s demise he said “there’s no hope for the rest of us…”
Does your professor discuss options for new business models? How publications are going to make a profit online is really the issue.
I am SO sad to hear about the demise of our precious Gourmet!!! Of all the foodie magazines, it’s by far my favorite… and one reason is that its special issues take readers on culinary journeys across the world, to great cities like Paris and great countries like Italy. I just hope its incredible staff is able to land good jobs somewhere (not sure where that would be in this economy). Another sad sign of the times, I’m afraid.