Much has been said, written, blogged, tweeted etc about the demise of Gourmet magazine. And, for the record, (since many people have asked me how I feel about it) we food folk in my day job at Martha Stewart Living are heartbroken. Gourmet often inspired us and always provoked us to dig deeper, reach higher and often, with a scratch of the head, I’d think–“wish we’d done that.” Or, sometimes, like a recent raspberry buttermilk cake recipe, like wildfire you’d learn that 5 random colleagues all made the cake, loved it and will make it again too–the hallmark of any great recipe. Chris Kimball nails it here too. With due respect to the instant cooks/bloggers/reviewers etc, many of whom come to me looking for a job—and because I’ve been toiling in this business for over 30 years, I just wish folks would but in just a little time in on the front side to learn our craft and trade. If you think I’m a hater, I’m not. (See recent post on blogger cathy Erway).
Chris Kimball says it best here, in an excerpt from the attached op-ed NYTimes piece today: “The world needs fewer opinions and more thoughtful expertise — the kind that comes from real experience, the hard-won blood-on-the-floor kind. I like my reporters, my pilots, my pundits, my doctors, my teachers and my cooking instructors to have graduated from the school of hard knocks. “
FYI, chopping onions and mincing garlic is a good place to start.