Though I don't have much time to cook recipes from magazines, it's still very sad to see Gourmet close. People seem more interesting in food writing than ever, yet no one wants to have to pay for it. It turns out basing one's existence on fancy stove ads might not be sustainable after all. Among the things I'll miss are Jane and Michael Stern, who although they're now divorced, continued to write their Roadfood column for Gourmet. They have their own site, Roadfood, and while I'm sure they'll find other outlets, it sure makes it harder for less experienced writers to find paying outlets.
At least Ruth Reichl will continue her public TV show Diary of a Foodie, a good antidote to the mindless Food Network. Saturday, on Twitter, she was happy, but almost defiantly pensive.