"Please tell me that you are joking."
That is what I said to Andrew yesterday when he asked me, while perusing the New York Times online, if I knew that Gourmet was closing. Unfortunately he was not joking, and my heart broke just a bit. Even though Gourmet has been around for close to 70 years, our love affair was brief and intense. It has been my muse for the past few months, and I was looking forward to building my library of food-spattered, bent-paged back issues. This closing has also put an end to my secret goal of one day working at Gourmet. What does make me feel better, even though there will be no new issues, is that there is still a huge catalog of past Gourmet recipes that I am looking forward to exploring.
Thank you, Gourmet, for being such an inspiration to me. You will be missed.