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Monday, January 12, 2009 

Comfort Me With (not apples) More Gourmet Issues

I love Ruth Reichl and I am saddened to hear that Gourmet, the magazine that she edits, may not make it through to the end of the year.
Gourmet will probably not see the end of the year. Its parent company, Conde Nast, can no longer rely on the huge profits of
the newspaper portion of the Newhouse family business. The magazine operation needs to go on a diet. Conde Nast reaches the "food" market several ways. It owns Gourmet, Bon Appetite, and epicurious.com. Conde Nast simply owns too many titles in this category. From 2004 to 2008, Gourmet’s ad pages have dropped from 1,364 to 955, with a 24% drop last year. January’s ad pages were down another 32% according to MIN. Gourmet can survive since it has a competitive audience of web visitors to its food site, but it will have to migrate totally to its website. -
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I hope they don't completely migrate to the website. There is something so comforting about curling up in a chair with one of their issues and just drool page by page or to look at the stain marks dotting certain well worn issues. Just doesn't work will when you splatter a laptop, ya know?

Wonder if this will affect the Gourmet Bookclub over at Jessica's Biscuit?

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I've subscribed to Gourmet for years. This is terrible news!

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