An Ode to Gourmet

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I have to admit that I’ve never cooked a recipe out of Gourmet Magazine.  I’ve wanted to with its big beautiful photos and fetching recipes, but I never got around to it, thinking that the magazine would always be there to inspire and aspire to.  No longer.  I am dumbstruck and deeply saddened.  We’ve lost a great master.

Yes, it’s fancy-schmancy, and not everyone likes pickled collared greens with pineapple, but it was always a pleasure to leaf through page after page of food porn.  Over the years, it was able to evolve and be modern, addressing the way we eat now – open-mindedly, politically, frugally, passionately.  Unfortunately, the survival of the fittest in magazines is determined by maintaining a diet of  advertising, for which Gourmet was lacking.  Rachael Ray and Food Network’s mass appeal live on, where as a respected institution dies out.  We will miss you.

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