Oct 5, 2009

RIP Gourmet

Bummer of the month: Gourmet is no longer. They got the axe today along with Cookie, Modern Bride and Elegant Bride. The above issue (July 2006) is one of my favorites, it's sitting on my desk right now.

In honor of Gourmet, here's the cover recipe, one that I make all summer long.

Angel-hair pasta with fresh tomato sauce

* 1 small garlic clove
* 3 lb tomatoes
* 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
* 1 lb dried capellini (angel-hair pasta)
* 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

* Accompaniments: finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
* extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling (optional)

Mince garlic and mash to a paste with a pinch of salt using a large heavy knife.

Core and coarsely chop two thirds of tomatoes. Halve remaining tomatoes crosswise, then rub cut sides of tomatoes against large holes of a box grater set in a large bowl, reserving pulp and discarding skin. Toss pulp with chopped tomatoes, garlic paste, lemon juice, salt, sugar (if using), and pepper. Let stand until ready to use, at least 10 minutes.

While tomatoes stand, cook pasta in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until al dente, about 2 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately add to tomato mixture, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with basil.


Chrystal K. said...

This is so sad. Not only for the readers of those magazines, but for the writers/editors that now have to find new jobs. I really hope everyone of them finds a place to work that they really love soon.

constant gina said...

You raise very good points, I agree. I even use Martha Stewart Every Day Food more than those for weekday meals – so good! I rarely buy all of those magazines. Publications also needed to get into the online game more, especially robust, beautifully designed online password-protected content for subscribers.