Missing Ruth Reichl's Gourmet
The culinary giant of Condé Nast, which has been a staple of both the New York and national food scene since its birth in 1940, will close along with three other Condé Nast publications after a three-month study of the company and amid falling ad sales. The announcement came as a surprise for many foodies, who expected Bon Appétit , Condé Nast’s other food publication to close, instead of the more established and influential Gourmet.
While the magazine’s Christmas and Thanksgiving issues are legendary its editor, the famed Ruth Reichl , who served as the restaurant critic for the New York Times for six years, before moving to Gourmet in 1999, hasn’t neglected her Jewish roots or its culinary traditions.
In a 2001 interview with Jewish Woman magazine , Reichl explained: “My parents did not practice religion in any way, but we lived in New York … so I grew up with a very secular Jewish identity.”
She also discussed a change in Jewish food, which eight years later has come to full fruition: “There is a growing understanding that Jews live all over the world, and people are really trying to embrace a much larger tradition of Jewish food. The palate is widening.”
Reichl once commented, “We are losing the sitting down together for a meal on a daily basis. We long for it and miss it.” Well Ruthie , as a woman in the opening scene Reichl’s third book “Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise,” referred to her, we will long for Gourmet and we will miss it.