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    modom (palindrome guy) Guest

    Default Gourmet bites the dust

    Apparently it's official:
    http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.co...t-magazine/?hp

    Gourmet mag is going down with the recession. What a shame. In the
    past couple of years, I've grown more and more fond of the old lady.
    --

    modom

  2. #2
    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Gourmet bites the dust

    On 2009-10-05, modom (palindrome guy) <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Gourmet mag is going down with the recession. What a shame.


    No big loss. Way too many mags on the market at insanely high prices.
    Besides, they all start repeating themselves after just a few yrs.
    Also, they kill trees.

    nb


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    Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig Guest

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    On Oct 5, 11:10*am, notbob <not...@nothome.com> wrote:
    > On 2009-10-05, modom (palindrome guy) <use...@michaelodom.net> wrote:
    >
    > > Gourmet mag is going down with the recession. What a shame.

    >
    > No big loss. *Way too many mags on the market at insanely high prices.
    > Besides, they all start repeating themselves after just a few yrs.
    > Also, they kill trees. *
    >
    > nb


    Gee thanks. I for one am devastated. I've been reading Gourmet for
    many years. I've subscribed for the last five. It's the best
    entertainment I've ever found for twenty bucks a year. I cancelled my
    subscription to Bon Appetit (which was also a lot of fun) and took the
    plunge and extended my Gourmet subscription to June of 2012.

    I will miss Jane & Michael Stern and the sophisticated "foodie
    armchair travel" I got to take each month, and especially Ruth Reichl
    who beats the hell out of Barbara Fairwhatever at BA.
    Lynn in Fargo
    mourning the loss

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    Sky Guest

    Default Re: Gourmet bites the dust

    modom (palindrome guy) wrote:
    >
    > Apparently it's official:
    > http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.co...t-magazine/?hp
    >
    > Gourmet mag is going down with the recession. What a shame. In the
    > past couple of years, I've grown more and more fond of the old lady.
    > --
    >
    > modom


    DAMN! My subscription runs out in Jan 2012! I even just telephoned
    Gourmet's subscription telephone number (800-365-2454) to confirm, and
    alas, Gourmet will no longer be published after its November 2009
    issue. So, my unfulfilled issues of Gourmet have been tacked onto my
    Bon Appetit subscription, which now expires in March 2013!

    Sky

    --
    Ultra Ultimate Kitchen Rule - Use the Timer!
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  5. #5
    Ranee at Arabian Knits Guest

    Default Re: Gourmet bites the dust

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "modom (palindrome guy)" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Gourmet mag is going down with the recession. What a shame. In the
    > past couple of years, I've grown more and more fond of the old lady.


    I never really cared for it. I have found some great recipes in it,
    but I didn't like the style and tone of the magazine. Same thing with
    Bon Appetit, though I liked the recipes in it more often. When they
    started going more and more style and travel and had ads for perfumes,
    etc in their magazines, I stopped subscribing. The only food magazine I
    get now is Fine Cooking, though it looks like they are starting to head
    in the same direction as Bon Appetit/Gourmet.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

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    Sky Guest

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    Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig wrote:
    >
    > On Oct 5, 11:10 am, notbob <not...@nothome.com> wrote:
    > > On 2009-10-05, modom (palindrome guy) <use...@michaelodom.net> wrote:
    > >
    > > > Gourmet mag is going down with the recession. What a shame.

    > >
    > > No big loss. Way too many mags on the market at insanely high prices.
    > > Besides, they all start repeating themselves after just a few yrs.
    > > Also, they kill trees.
    > >
    > > nb

    >
    > Gee thanks. I for one am devastated. I've been reading Gourmet for
    > many years. I've subscribed for the last five. It's the best
    > entertainment I've ever found for twenty bucks a year. I cancelled my
    > subscription to Bon Appetit (which was also a lot of fun) and took the
    > plunge and extended my Gourmet subscription to June of 2012.
    >
    > I will miss Jane & Michael Stern and the sophisticated "foodie
    > armchair travel" I got to take each month, and especially Ruth Reichl
    > who beats the hell out of Barbara Fairwhatever at BA.
    > Lynn in Fargo
    > mourning the loss


    I've enjoyed Gourmet for decades. The unfulfilled issues of Gourmet can
    be transferred to Bon Appetit or you can get a refund. Just call
    800-365-2454 to make either request.

    Sky

    --
    Ultra Ultimate Kitchen Rule - Use the Timer!
    Ultimate Kitchen Rule -- Cook's Choice!!

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    Dave Smith Guest

    Default Re: Gourmet bites the dust

    Lynn from Fargo Ografmorffig wrote:

    > Gee thanks. I for one am devastated. I've been reading Gourmet for
    > many years. I've subscribed for the last five. It's the best
    > entertainment I've ever found for twenty bucks a year. I cancelled my
    > subscription to Bon Appetit (which was also a lot of fun) and took the
    > plunge and extended my Gourmet subscription to June of 2012.
    >
    > I will miss Jane & Michael Stern and the sophisticated "foodie
    > armchair travel" I got to take each month, and especially Ruth Reichl
    > who beats the hell out of Barbara Fairwhatever at BA.
    > Lynn in Fargo
    > mourning the loss


    I used to get it years ago,back in the 1970s. I get to see enough
    magazines when I am at the gym or sitting in waiting rooms in doctor and
    dentists offices. There are so many ads in most of those magazines that
    it is hard to find the articles. The only food magazine that I bother
    with these days in the Food and Wine magazine that is free at the liquor
    store. It is full of ads too, but I don't have to pay to see ads.

    IMO, advertising is the biggest problem with magazines. I realize that
    they help to pay the cost of printing and distributing them. Magazines
    have always had some adverting, but they used to be mostly articles and
    a few pages of ads. Now they are mostly ads and just a few pages of
    article. I don't mind paying for articles, but magazine prices are
    getting higher and higher, and I really don't want to spend that much
    money just to see a bunch of ads.

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    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Gourmet bites the dust

    "modom (palindrome guy)" wrote:
    >
    > Apparently it's official:
    > http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.co...t-magazine/?hp
    >
    > Gourmet mag is going down with the recession. What a shame. In the
    > past couple of years, I've grown more and more fond of the old lady.


    This will devastate the francise and probably gut sales
    of that giant cookbook they've just published.

    It will be interesting to see how it impacts their
    TV show. Newspapers who drop their print editions
    to go web-only seem to be doing that as an intermediate
    step before shutting down.

  9. #9
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Gourmet bites the dust

    On Mon, 05 Oct 2009 10:53:42 -0500, modom (palindrome guy) wrote:

    > Apparently it's official:
    > http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.co...t-magazine/?hp
    >
    > Gourmet mag is going down with the recession. What a shame. In the
    > past couple of years, I've grown more and more fond of the old lady.


    I don't see how they couldn't have made money with all those damn
    ads. Like many corporations, they got greedy and become accustomed
    to bloated sales. Then they couldn't function with opnlya minimal
    loss of advertising/sales.

    Look at all the trade magazine circulations who give away their mags
    for free. They have 1/10th the advertisers and about 1/3rd the
    information commercial mags do.

    -sw

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    jj Guest

    Default Re: Gourmet bites the dust

    Mark Thorson <[email protected]> wrote:

    >It will be interesting to see how it impacts their
    >TV show. Newspapers who drop their print editions
    >to go web-only seem to be doing that as an intermediate
    >step before shutting down.


    I too am curious to know the impact on their Diary of a Foodie
    program. Oh well, extant episodes will live on in dvd and online
    archives.

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    Doug Freyburger Guest

    Default Re: Gourmet bites the dust

    Sky wrote:
    >
    > ... So, my unfulfilled issues of Gourmet have been tacked onto my
    > Bon Appetit subscription, which now expires in March 2013!


    Similar happened to me when Food and Wine went out of
    business back in the early 1980s. I had just sent in
    2 year renewals for both Food and Wine and Gourmet. The
    two got combined and I ended up receiving Gourmet for a
    very long time.

    Bon Appetit recipes - Use every pot, pan and tool in the
    kitchen. They always seemed to specialize in the complex.
    Any recipe I ever tried from it was good though.

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    Don Martinich Guest

    Default Re: Gourmet bites the dust

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "modom (palindrome guy)" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.co...lose-gourmet-m
    > agazine/?hp


    I certainly hope Ruth Reichl gets another gig. She was my favorite
    restaurant reviewer when she was here on the Coast. I didn't necessarily
    agree with her opinions but she was such a good writer.

    D.M.

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    Kris Guest

    Default Re: Gourmet bites the dust

    On Oct 5, 11:53*am, "modom (palindrome guy)" <use...@michaelodom.net>
    wrote:
    > Apparently it's official:http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.co...nast-to-close-...
    >
    > Gourmet mag is going down with the recession. What a shame. In the
    > past couple of years, I've grown more and more fond of the old lady.
    > --
    >
    > modom


    Too bad, although actually I never liked Gourmet near as much as Bon
    Appetit (which unfortunately is going downhill too, IMHO). It's a
    relatively old mag (late 1940's?) and sad to see those go.

    I find it odd though that the last issue will be November 2009 - why
    wouldn't they hold out for the December issue? I always thought those
    were the biggest selling issues of the year.

    Kris

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    James Silverton Guest

    Default Re: Gourmet bites the dust

    Kris wrote on Mon, 5 Oct 2009 17:43:29 -0700 (PDT):

    > On Oct 5, 11:53 am, "modom (palindrome guy)" <use...@michaelodom.net>
    > wrote:
    >> Apparently it's
    >> official:http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.co...nast-to-close-...
    >>
    >> Gourmet mag is going down with the recession. What a shame.
    >> In the past couple of years, I've grown more and more fond of
    >> the old lady. --
    >>
    >> modom


    > Too bad, although actually I never liked Gourmet near as much
    > as Bon Appetit (which unfortunately is going downhill too,
    > IMHO). It's a relatively old mag (late 1940's?) and sad to see
    > those go.


    > I find it odd though that the last issue will be November 2009
    > - why wouldn't they hold out for the December issue? I always
    > thought those were the biggest selling issues of the year.


    I'm afraid that I had taken to reading Gourmet in the library in the
    last few years tho' my wife and I had a subscription from the 70s on. I
    have memories of Lilli Double-Barrel (Christoff-Anderson, I think) with
    her interjections about food in Vienna, "As the Grand Duchess used to
    say...".

    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    Jean B. Guest

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    modom (palindrome guy) wrote:
    > Apparently it's official:
    > http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.co...t-magazine/?hp
    >
    > Gourmet mag is going down with the recession. What a shame. In the
    > past couple of years, I've grown more and more fond of the old lady.


    Well, I subscribed for many years--decades--but then I stopped. I
    didn't like the direction it went in. I am, however, saddened by
    this.

    --
    Jean B.

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    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Mon 05 Oct 2009 06:12:36p, Jean B. told us...

    > modom (palindrome guy) wrote:
    >> Apparently it's official:
    >> http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.co...t-to-close-gou
    >> rmet-magazine/?hp
    >>
    >> Gourmet mag is going down with the recession. What a shame. In the past
    >> couple of years, I've grown more and more fond of the old lady.

    >
    > Well, I subscribed for many years--decades--but then I stopped. I
    > didn't like the direction it went in. I am, however, saddened by
    > this.
    >


    I subscribed for over 35 years but decided to drop it when we moved to AZ.
    I also didn't want to move over 400 issues, not to mention those of Bon
    Appetit that I had subscribed to when it was introduced. I donated all of
    them to my local library.

    Occasionally I picked up an issue of Gourmet here and there if I thought
    something really appealed to me. I will really miss it.

    Overall, I always preferred Gourmet over Bopn Appetit.

    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


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    Guest

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    On Tue, 06 Oct 2009 02:01:55 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    -->I subscribed for over 35 years but decided to drop it when we moved to AZ.
    -->I also didn't want to move over 400 issues, not to mention those of Bon
    -->Appetit that I had subscribed to when it was introduced. I donated all of
    -->them to my local library.
    -->
    -->Occasionally I picked up an issue of Gourmet here and there if I thought
    -->something really appealed to me. I will really miss it.
    -->
    -->Overall, I always preferred Gourmet over Bopn Appetit.


    Did anyone ever think that this may be a ploy, and that they will re-launch the
    magazine while there's so much hype about the closing? They may of orchestrated
    the whole thing looking to a larger reader base after the re-launch.



  18. #18
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Mon 05 Oct 2009 08:23:39p, < Stu > told us...

    > On Tue, 06 Oct 2009 02:01:55 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > -->I subscribed for over 35 years but decided to drop it when we moved
    > to AZ. -->I also didn't want to move over 400 issues, not to mention
    > those of Bon -->Appetit that I had subscribed to when it was introduced.
    > I donated all of -->them to my local library.
    > -->
    > -->Occasionally I picked up an issue of Gourmet here and there if I
    > thought -->something really appealed to me. I will really miss it.
    > -->
    > -->Overall, I always preferred Gourmet over Bopn Appetit.
    >
    >
    > Did anyone ever think that this may be a ploy, and that they will
    > re-launch the magazine while there's so much hype about the closing?
    > They may of orchestrated the whole thing looking to a larger reader base
    > after the re-launch.


    I'd be very surprised if they did.

    --

    ~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~

    ~~ A mind is a terrible thing to lose. ~~

    ************************************************** ********

    Wayne Boatwright


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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

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    "< Stu >" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >
    > Did anyone ever think that this may be a ploy, and that they will
    > re-launch the
    > magazine while there's so much hype about the closing? They may of
    > orchestrated
    > the whole thing looking to a larger reader base after the re-launch.


    Magazines of all types are fighting for the life. Shutting down to start
    over makes no sense.



  20. #20
    Guest

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    On Tue, 6 Oct 2009 06:06:07 -0400, "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]> wrote:

    -->
    -->"< Stu >" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    -->>
    -->> Did anyone ever think that this may be a ploy, and that they will
    -->> re-launch the
    -->> magazine while there's so much hype about the closing? They may of
    -->> orchestrated
    -->> the whole thing looking to a larger reader base after the re-launch.
    -->
    -->Magazines of all types are fighting for the life. Shutting down to start
    -->over makes no sense.
    -->

    Companies do it all the time

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