When it was time for Conde Nast's CEO Chuck Townsend to decide whether he would invest in Gourmet magazine or Bon Appetit, Bon Appetit won out. Knock me over with a feather.
I don't read many food magazines (I would rather look through cookbooks), but when I do look at them, it seems like Gourmet has some interesting articles to read, while not exactly in touch recipe-wise with what readers are doing or have time to make. Bon Appetit doesn't seem to care much about writing but seems to invest a lot in recipes. And you can't wade through them without being bombarded by food ads.
But the food ads have kept BA alive, and lack of them has made Gourmet a relic. Ruth Reichl has brought the magazine many awards, as have her TV shows, Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie. I wish Reichl and her brilliant sidekick, John "Doc" Willoughby well.
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