Gourmet is dead, and McArdle is "shocked and horrified." Since torture didn't shock or horrify her, I'm very impressed. Gourmet must have been a heck of a cooking magazine.
Conde is keeping the decidedly mediocre Bon Appetit, which might be described as "things you can make your girlfriend for Valentine's Day without setting the kitchen on fire." Conde may be making the right commercial choice--maybe America's food culture has slipped so far that there's no real reason to publish a magazine aimed at people who are willing to spend all day making a meal. All I know is, when I go onto Epicurious, and I have a choice between a recipe from Gourmet and a recipe from Bon Appetit, I choose the former--and the few times I've violated this rule, I've always been disappointed with the results.Remember when McArdle talked about "New York food culture"? That was funny. McArdle seems to think her own likes and dislikes, as well as those of her friends, embody the entire nation's "food culture." Now we're supposed to believe that Bon Appetit is bourgeois because McArdle prefers Gourmet. Why? We are not graced with a reason beyond McArdle's personal taste. We need no further authority or explanation.
Here is more Food!Megan, for your enjoyment. (Remember, children, cooking sherry is not as good as drinking sherry!) And, here, if you can stomach precious young Julian Sanchez's precociousness, is the famed cooking contest that McArdle mentions during her macaroni and cheese recipe post. I lasted about five minutes but I have a high tolerance level for pain, so use caution.