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December 21, 2009

We have great visions for our building. We will make wonderful, useful and beautiful things. We will challenge our minds and our backs with our visions for this place. One of the things we’ve done over the years is to have a ‘Big Dinner’ with a few close friends. The meal is something I enjoy planning, creating and sharing. Tom loves creating the setting and sculpting pieces as part of the drama of the evening. We’ve already talked about what the possibilities are for a meal like this in the new place.

One of my favorite sources for inspiration is Gourmet Magazine. Was. I have been a subscriber for years- back into the 80’s. I worked at a restaurant when I was in high school whose owners were fans and my mom has been a subscriber for as long as I can remember. I’ve read all of Ruth Reichl’s books. I even saw her in a restaurant in Boston a few years ago and could barely contain myself. Yes, I am one of the groupies. I love the quality and vision of the publication. Loved.

So Gourmet is gone. In a flash, my favorite outlet for fine food, design and travel has ended. OK. I can learn to cope with change. The publisher will replace my subscription with Bon Appetit. I’ll give it a try.

So my first issue arrives. What do we get? Five recipes for meatballs. Meatballs? Really? Meatballs? This is supposed to replace Gourmet? Is that the best they could come up with? Meatballs!?!?!

I haven’t made it past the cover yet, but I will keep trying. Each time I pick it up, and I start ranting about meatballs, disturbing the dog, Tom rolls his eyes and I have to retreat to the warm hug of my Julia books. Lucy doesn’t see what is so bad about meatballs, but she doesn’t like it when I rant.

I will bring the magazine with me on our next trip out of town. Maybe on an airplane, as a captive audience, I can learn to accept the end out this cultural institution and find some redeeming value in this magazine. 

I hope the Air Marshall on our flight is a foodie.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. spruchnicki permalink
    February 9, 2010 1:27 pm

    Thanks John! Cooks is terrific – I never buy a cooking tool without checking their reviews. We subscribe to both the print and electronic versions. We’ve given it as a gift to several folks, too. Cooks is like the Consumer Reports of cooking publications. I love how they break apart a recipe and dispel long held assumptions. It reminds me of how Julia Child created her masterpiece. A friend recommended I check out Saveur as an eye candy replacement for the art side of cooking.

  2. John Berendzen permalink
    February 9, 2010 12:40 pm

    Sue: just saw your blog – it’s really cool.

    Sorry about the Gourmet magazine thing. I have been a subscriber to “Cooks Illustrated” for many years now. A totally different kind of publication, but I think it’s pretty cool.

    I liked Ruth’s first book “Tender at the Bone”, then stopped 30 pages into the second – just didn’t grab me.

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