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Thursday, August 3, 2006

Is this stylish?

Sara Dickerman's story on Slate about Gourmet magazine's dreary covers lately piqued my interest. She talks about a "downright depressive cover from February -- a lonely-hearts Valentine's cover if ever I've seen one" that featured a chocolate cake that wasn't the least bit tempting.
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I also agree with Dickerman assessment of May's ribs. When I saw that cover, I honestly wondered if something awful had happened in production to take the luster away.
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July's cover, writes Dickerman, is "colorful enough to draw your eye but retains that muted elegance that's a hallmark of Gourmet style."
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Alas, here's where Dickerman and I don't think alike. The picture you see here is not how the cover was printed. The whole left-hand side was covered with type, more type went above the Gourmet logo, and don't forget the Universal Product Code label, which was on the right-hand bottom corner. I thought it was too busy and the photo lost its charm.

Posted by Sheryl Julian at 12:33 PM
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