Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Blog Event: Let's Celebrate Gourmet!


If you haven't heard the sad news yet, Gourmet magazine has been shut down by its parent company due to these difficult economic times. Since you can read plenty about it on countless blogs and news sites, I won't rehash the details. It's too sad.

So, in the interest of staying positive, I'm hosting a blogging event. To celebrate the nation's oldest food magazine (published since 1940!), let's cook, photograph and post about our favorite recipe from Gourmet's pages. If you tend to clear out most of your back issues, just go to gourmet.com where you'll find recipes categorized by decades (the website is a wonderful place to explore the magzine's history, which is really American food history!), themes and holidays; or just search for anything you want.

Maybe you remember a perfect cake you made years ago, or a simple chicken dish you threw together last week. Whatever it is, find it and write about it. And if you want to pick a new favorite, that's great too. I'm betting it's going to be tough to choose just one incredible Gourmet recipe.

To participate in this event, here's what to do:

1) Cook a favorite recipe from Gourmet magazine and publish a blog post* about it anytime from now till October 16. Include a link to THIS POST in your blog post so readers will be able to find out more!

*No blog? I still want you to participate! Just email me your story/recipe or photo, and I will post it here on aminglingoftastes.com. Include first name and where you're from. Don't be shy!

2) Email a link to your post, the name of your blog and, if you want, an image of the dish in jpeg form to aminglingoftastes AT gmail DOT com by October 16. No late entries please!

3) Publicize this event! Tell your followers on Twitter, tip off your facebook friends and mention it on your blog. Let's get as many recipes and stories gathered together as we can!

4) Check back here around October 19-20 for a round-up of all the posts.

Easy, right! I know I'm not giving you much time, but I think it's important to get some positive energy going. The more I think about life without Gourmet, the more bummed out I feel. Since yesterday, I've read some great tributes and opinions about this sad situation, and I want to include some links here:

Goodbye Gourmet, I'll Miss You, by Steph of Wasabimon.

Goodbye, Gourmet, by Kelly of Nommynom.

RIP Gourmet by Paige of Hey, Little Sister.

Say Goodbye to Gourmet by Jeff of Wine Curmudgeon.

What Ruth Reichl is doing next by Kim Severson of the New York Times' Diner's Journal blog.

Gourmet Was For the Young and Scrappy, Too by Alex Van Buren of Salon.

Late Stage Empire: How Condé Nast could’ve saved Gourmet magazine, and why it chose not to
by Paul Smalera on True/Slant.

How Condé Nast Is Like General Motors by Jack Shafer on Slate.

My own take on the news here at Magazine Know-It-All.

The news story as reported by the New York Times.

And finally, a new Twitter feed has sprung up called Save Gourmet.

Now talk to me! Are you as shocked and saddened as I am? Are you going to participate in this blog event (please say yes!). Do you know exactly what you'll cook, or is it going to be a hard decision? Sound off in the comments!

30 comments:

Maggie said...

I will absolutely participate! Such a great idea.

Amber said...

I'm in! I'll definitely participate. Now to spend hours perusing the website for something yummy to make...

Daniel said...

I have to say, lots of people are blogging and writing about the closing of Gourmet, but this is the most positive and uplifting post by far on the subject that I've seen. Julie, I like how you think!

Dan
Casual Kitchen

Paige Orloff said...

What a fantastic idea! Thanks for the link, and I'll definitely participate. The hardest part, of course, is choosing the menu :-)

Esme said...

Great idea. lets start cooking.

Julie said...

Maggie: Thanks! I was so happy to get my first comment on this post!
Amber: Don't I know it...not sure what I'll make either. Cute blog!
Daniel: Thanks, now tell me you're going to participate!
Paige: I loved your post! And I totally get it. Thanks for commenting!
Esme: Yay, let's do it!

Johanna said...

I'm in. This is a beautiful idea. I'm so in.

Julie said...

Johanna: That's great! Your site is awesome...I love the knife logo!

Aimée said...

Even if it means crunch time for blogging, this event is worthy of loosing some sleep over.

Have many ideas already...

Jeanette Hurt said...

I don't have a blog, not yet anyway, but here's what I'll say about Gourmet: I absolutely cherish their Thanksgiving and December issues. I have used so many of their recipes as ideas for holiday entertaining, and I adore their cookie recipes. It saddens me that they will no longer be around.

Tatiana said...

I'm in. My blog doesn't focus on food, but it's definitely a huge part of my life! I've been a Gourmet fan and subscriber for years....

Here's the biggest dinner party for Gourmet!

Julie said...

Aimee: Yes, it's totally worth it!
Jeannette: Thanks for your comment, and I feel exactly the same. I save the holiday issues and refer back to them each year.
Tatiana: Thanks for the encouragement! You definitely don't need to technically be a "food blogger" to take part!

Megan said...

Great idea! I'm so sad about Gourmet, and this will definitely help!

Eric Brown said...

Great idea. I am bummed because I just subscribed!

Feast on the Cheap said...

What a great idea and a very apropos way to commemorate Gourmet. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Larkin said...

Great idea! Coincidentally, I baked a Gourmet fig cake today! Looking forward to the party.

Julie said...

Megan: Yup, I'm still sad.
Eric: Bummer! At least you might get their stellar Nov. issue.
Feast: thanks, I want it to have a positive, celebratory feeling.
Mrs. Larkin: I don't know if you know this, but I LOVE figs. I cannot wait to read your post!

VeggieGirl said...

I definitely would love to participate; but am I allowed to tweak a recipe or does it have to be "to a T"?? Please contact me on my blog :)

Gayle said...

Great idea, Julie! I picked up the news on Twitter, and I'm in!

Julie said...

Veggie Girl: You can definitely make tweaks...no strict rules here!
Gayle: Yay, glad you heard about it on twitter!

RJ Flamingo said...

What Gayle said! I'm in, too!

VeggieGirl said...

Just emailed my submission to you!! :)

breadchick said...

I'll be participating. I can't stand the thought that once a month Gourmet won't be in my mailbox.

Amy I. said...

Thanks for taking the time to organize this event! I'm working on my submission today!

Tara said...

Love this idea! I was just able to get my post up today! Can't wait to see what others have made...

Eric Brown said...

Working on a last minute contribution. Great idea. I can't wait to see all of the entries.

Jules said...

We may not be able to get Gourmet back into print, but we should have a chance to save Gourmet's immense online archive:
Gourmet.com - a vast web archive with links to past stories, photos and recipes.

According the the website, the site will remain active during "a transitional period", after which only the recipes will be tranfered to the Epicurious website.

It would be a shame - the Gourmet site just got a clean face lift, it is a great search tool to find past stories - along with so many great online exclusive features ...

The site is already up and running- it would be a shame to take it down, and cost should be relative in comparison to running the print edition....

I just set up an online petition - hoping to find like minded Gourmet readers who would help sign and spread the word:

http://new.ipetitions.com/petition/gourmet/

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Edmund said...

Gourmet magazine is transforming to online magazine which provide complete recipe from different decade. I am a big fan of this magazine.

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