News came today that Condé Nast–publisher of The New Yorker, Vogue, and Wired among other notable magazine titles–is closing Gourmet magazine. The powerhouse title has been published since 1940 and is a veritable icon in food magazine publishing.
The loss will affect more than just the legions of foodies who won’t be able to read about the latest in cuisine and cocktail. Over the years, Gourmet had also established itself as a regular and oftentimes leading voice in the realm of food politics. Take a look at just some of the stories they have run in the recent past. From the failures of federal regulations, to outright labor abuses and the rise of de facto slavery, Gourmet’s “Politics of the Plate” section has given dynamic and in-depth coverage of issues rarely covered at all in the so-called “mainstream” media. To these important issues of human rights, global environmental sustainability, and health, they have lent their journalistic integrity and commitment to social justice, creating something that was consistently readable, important, and ethical in its role as advocate for something better.
I, for one, will miss it.