News that Gourmet magazine’s November 2009 issue will be that publication’s last has a lot of food lovers rereading and reminiscing about favorite articles and recipes. (And listening to editor Ruth Reichl on NPR’s Fresh Air, as if listening to a eulogy.) For our November meeting, we’ve decided to spend time celebrating Gourmet’s 68 years of influencing and capturing America’s relationship with food. We’ll read some great Gourmet writing, and then talk while we enjoy a potluck at Julia Rutland’s home. (Please email foodiebookclub AT mac DOT com for directions.) Cook up your favorite Gourmet recipe and bring the dish to share when we meet Tuesday, November 10, at 6:00pm.
We’ve selected a handful of articles to read, and we chose stories that are online to make it easy for everyone to access them. (You might consider saving these to your computer or printing the articles out, because it’s not yet known how long Gourmet‘s site will be up.) Of course, if you’ve got favorites not listed here, leave a post… you might inspire us all do to a little more reading and reminiscing.
The Garlic War by E.A. (Annie) Proulx, published February 1964
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, published June 1953
An Alphabet for Gourmets: W-Z by MFK Fisher, published October 1949
Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace, originally published August 2004
What is Southern? by Edna Lewis, published January 2008
Politics of the Plate: The Price of Tomatoes by Barry Estabrook, published May 2009