Friday, October 16, 2009

pound cake for the passing of an icon

I now present my post where I properly mourn the passing of Gourmet. I've been holding off because, I don't know, it doesn't seem real? Like how could the company that still publishes such editorial GEMS as Mens Vogue and Travel + Leisure (and sends them to unsuspecting customers for free, I might add) decide to close the best cooking and entertaining magazine in the universe? I am at a loss. I mean doesn't everyone with the slightest culinary leannings read Gourmet? Their recipes are not always 100% reliable, but I love their styling and I get excited every month when my copy appears in my mailbox.

Le sigh.

And to make it worse, they're not even finishing out the year. Just cutting us off with November. No index of Christmas cookies, no New Years Eve parties, no mulled wine. I feel a little betrayed. Especially because I just, not 3 weeks ago, renewed my subscription. So I am saddened. More so even than when Blueprint closed and I loved Blueprint. It was like a magazine made especially for me and women like me. But now Gourmet, an old but ever inspiring aunt, has left without so much as a goodbye.

I think this calls for pound cake. It feels like that sort of weekend. And perhaps I'll even make the brown butter version on the last page of the last Gourmet. Everything is better with brown butter.

(Poundcakes from this month's Martha and Gourmet)


iheartkiwi said...

it's the end of an era! i'm glad you're giving it due respect.

Anonymous said...

I know this has nothing to do with your post, but Ive had a few glasses of happy for you for you new babe - have loved reading your blog and I know itll be even more relevant for me!

Anonymous said...

oops hit send before I reread (remember few glasses of wine) you are relevant but even better when you have babes in mind once in awhile!

Cinnamon said...

I read your blog, all the time, I think it's the cutest. But I've never commented, this however is important.

I know you listen to NPR probably as much as I do, and did you hear the interview with Ruth Reichl the editor of Gourmet, on Fresh Air the other day? It was great. Just thought you might like to know she just put out a new Gourmet today cookbook and she's going to start her own cooking show.

I suggest listening to the podcast of the interview!! It was really interesting.

Hali Bey said...

I agree. I paid homage as well.

Heather L. Lamb said...

the brown butter version?? oh yuuummmmm!