Goodbye, Gourmet, You Will Be Missed

October 5, 2009 at 5:39 pm

It isn’t like the news was unexpected. Condé Nast, Gourmet’s parent company, hired McKinsey & Company to perform a productivity study of the publishing giant’s operations three months ago.  With things so grim in the publishing industry speculation was high that the hammer would fall on some of the second tier periodicals like Cookie and Modern Bride and more than likely either Gourmet or the other foodie magazine, Bon Appétit.  But what is shocking is the big money was on BA being the odd magazine out as Gourmet was the oldest food magazine in the nation having been published since January 1941.

Understandably, the news was still not well received by Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl as is evidenced from her Tweet from today, “Thank you all SO much for this outpouring of support. It means a lot. Sorry not to be posting now, but I’m packing. We’re all stunned, sad.”  No word as to the future of her new PBS series Gourmet’s Adventures With Ruth, but it is safe to say that with her resumé she’ll find another gig.

Condé Nast has suggested the popular recipe site Epicurious.com (digital alter ego of Gourmet) is safe.  Twitter has been all a buzz about the closing of the popular magazine especially among those in the food writing business like Tampa Tribune food writer Jeff Houck who tweeted, “True/Slant: ‘This is Condé Nast looking @ Gourmet & saying, this business doesn’t work, but we don’t know how to fix it, so we’ll close it.”

Renowned food writer Michael Ruhlman also weighed in via Twitter saying, “how incredibly sad, gourmet to cease publication” and adding, “surely the superb site, gourmet.com, will not shut down.”

On the subject of the Gourmet Institute, Condé Nast has released the following:

As you may have heard, Condé Nast announced the closing of Gourmet magazine. Unfortunately, this means that Condé Nast is no longer able to produce the Gourmet Institute, and thus all session(s) of the Gourmet Institute have been cancelled.

If you have already bought tickets to Gourmet Institute sessions, we will refund to your credit card all amounts paid to Condé Nast for your tickets.

We are sorry for this inconvenience. Please be assured that these steps were not taken lightly.

If you have any questions regarding your tickets, please call 1.866.811.4111.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."

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