How does one eulogize a magazine? I’m stricken, feeling punched in the gut, my breath gone. I suppose I will wend my way through the stages of grief, through shock and denial, perhaps anger and depression, then finally acceptance.
But I do not find this situation acceptableâ€”it simply makes me sad. Unacceptable, because 180 people will lose their jobs (not only at Gourmet), just like that, poof, gone. Dollars are more important, as they almost always are in big-company America. People no longer matter, and I find that unacceptable.
Unacceptable, too, because the world loses a food institution, a resource that has inspired cooks and informed thinking eaters for nearly 70 years. Some of world’s best writing has appeared on Gourmet‘s pages. The magazine didn’t publish recipes and dinner spreads alone; it covered politics, history and trends in food culture. In this age, we can’t afford to be less knowledgeable about such crucial issues.
I have met and worked with outstandingly talented professionals in the last five years. Gourmet cultivated that. There were no ethical compromises or conflicts of interest allowed in the magazine. No reviews of free meals or free nights at luxury hotels (which happens far more than you might believe in this world of food and travel publishing). Gourmet actually ran reporting, not just food writing. It was a magazine of people who inspired excellence and nurtured it in a human way.
Thank you to everyone I have worked with.
And thank you, Rambling Spoon readers, for keeping your eyes on these pages. I want you to know that I am not going anywhere. Or, rather, I am: first to Montana, then California, eventually back to Asia. I’m taking this blog with me, as I always have. I will continue to write about food and food issues. And now, I will focus even more heavily on projects that have been shoved to the back burner way too long.