a sad day: Gourmet is closing its doors.

by Patricia on October 5, 2009 · 2 comments

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I woke up this morning to a stream of twitter messages proclaiming that Gourmet is being shut down. I was still in bed. This is not the kind of news that a food lover wants to wake up to. Partly I blame my morning ritual, because if I weren’t so eager to connect first thing in the morning I would not have found out until later… after my morning tea. Instead, I was lying in bed reading my email and then catching up on twitter on my iPhone. The news was almost devastating enough to pull me out of my warm cocoon to verify the news on a real computer… almost. It was chilly this morning, I couldn’t bear the sad news and the cold so I stayed in bed wondering what this could mean for the magazine industry, the food world, and me.

I’m definitely saddened by this. I’ve been a long time admirer of Gourmet, though I only just started my subscription this summer. And in these few short months, I’ve enjoyed several recipes from those pages: peach pie with sour cream ice cream, no-cook strawberry ice cream, and most recently brown butter pound cake. That’s averaging almost one per month since I started the subscription, that’s pretty good (plus many more bookmarked for later). Supposedly they will continue the Gourmet brand online and in their television series (have you seen Diary of a Foodie? Most of the episodes are online. I’m starting to work my way through the first couple of seasons… thanks Brit for pointing me to this series). These are good things, but it can’t replace having that beautiful magazine in hand.

Anyway, I couldn’t believe it and wanted to share the news with you in case you hadn’t heard.

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1 Patricia October 6, 2009 at 10:49 am

Hi Brit, I agree this is an opportunity. It’s still sad though… Gourmet is kind of an icon (and there is just something about holding a magazine vs reading online, but then I’ve always been a sucker for paper). There are a number of food portals around now and more popping up all the time it seems. The question is what can be done that is different enough to stand out but familiar enough that people are attracted to it? I’ve definitely thought about it, but I’m still trying to figure out my own direction…

2 Brit Hammer October 6, 2009 at 1:55 am

But P, this is an OPPORTUNITY for you and those foodies in your network to create something even BETTER than Gourmet! Yes, Gourmet was great, but don’t you “get” it? This is why you quit your job… That you have computer skills is the key, so maybe meditate on starting a food portal with contributors – check out what G-Living & SpiritLibrary did. We NEED something like this. You could pull in contributors who teach about making preserves, growing organic produce in your own yard, FoodShare, and so much more… Look around at your network. I see HUGE potential! Remember: every death is followed by a rebirth. So please don’t be sad. <3 <3 <3

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