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Monday, October 5, 2009

Gourmet is Folding. Maybe Ruth Reichl Will Have More Time to Scarf Bakesale Betty Sandwiches

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 10:30 AM

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Like a lot of you, we were shocked and saddened to read this morning that Gourmet magazine, one of the jewels in Condé Nast's publishing crown, is to cease publishing after the November issue. Ad pages at Condé Nast have been falling off a cliff, but the smart money was on the impending folding of its more populist but less talked-about magazine Bon Appétit, or perhaps even on folding it into Gourmet.

We immediately ran to globe-trotting Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl's Twitter page to see what she had to tweet. (When we last saw Reichl in February, at the Berlin Film Festival, she told us how much she loved Twitter: "Privacy," she said, "is a highly overrated concept.")

The tireless Reichl -- whose new PBS show, Gourmet's Adventures with Ruth, premieres October 17 -- has been out on a book tour for Gourmet's huge new book, Gourmet Today: More than 1,000 All New Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen. We'd read all about her late September Bay Area food adventures (Coi, Incanto, Berkeley Bowl, Chez Panisse, Flour + Water), and were pleased to read that, back home in New York on October 2, she awoke thinking about the "splendid fried chicken sandwich at Bakesale Betty's in Oakland."

But we found her most recent tweet, two days ago, very poignant (never mind haiku-esque): "Foggy fall afternoon. Cup of lemon tea. Outside the window a deer is munching on the lawn. About to start the Saturday puzzle. Happy."

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