Conde Nast Closes Gourmet, Three Others

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

Gourmet magazine, which has celebrated cooking and travel in its lavish pages since 1941, will cease publication with the November issue, its owner, Conde Nast, announced on Monday.

Gourmet was to food what Vogue is to fashion, a magazine with a rich history and a perch high in the publishing firmament. Under the stewardship of Ruth Reichl, one of the star editors at Conde Nast, Gourmet poured money into sumptuous photography, test kitchens and exotic travel pieces, resulting in a beautifully produced magazine that lived, and sold, the high life.

Ms. Reichl, formerly a restaurant critic at The New York Times, will most likely leave Conde Nast, though it is not entirely clear, a Conde Nast spokeswoman, Maurie Perl, said. The company will continue with the more recipe-focused food magazine Bon Appetit.

Conde Nast also announced it would shut three other magazines: the parenting magazine Cookie and the wedding publications Elegant Bride and Modern Bride. More…