Archive for October, 2009
Hi, gang. You know, like any other cook, I have a dream kitchen floating around in my head. In it, there is a six-burner Viking range with a grill top, an overhead rack for pots , pans and utensils, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves for my bazillion cookbooks, a wood-burning oven to make bread and pizza, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and a large prep island. (My fantasy extends to an outdoor deck area, where there would be a full barbeque grill and cook area for those summer get-togethers. Oh, wait, I have to run out and buy my lotto ticket before the store closes.)
When I was 16, my parents took me on a European tour. It was one of those bus tours, where you travel with a bunch of people for two weeks from place to place. We hit London, Paris, Lucerne, Venice, Florence, and Rome. I wish my palate had been more sophisticated then, because that’s a foodie’s dream. But, since I was only 16, don’t expect some European food manifesto.
I was stunned when I heard the news that Gourmet magazine is shutting its doors. It has been a staple of the culinary world since 1940. We’ve suffered a lot of losses this past year, and companies that have been around for decades (or longer) have said their goodbyes.
But, as shocked as I was, if any foodie magazine was going fall prey to economic hard times, I’m not really surprised that it was Gourmet.
And here’s why.
Hey, all. Well, I had the drawing for a copy of my cookbook this evening. I had an impartial party draw a name from a hat (actually, it was a Corona bar tray that my brother brought back for me from Mexico ). Anyway, I’m happy to announce that the winner is… SANDRA. Congratulations, Sandra. I hope you enjoy the book and will keep me posted on how the recipes turn out for you.