YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW I FEEL about the end of Gourmet. But let me be clear: Unlike many mainstream media outlets that covered this story, I don’t blame food bloggers. I love food blogs, and what I glean from their shiny digital pages is totally different than what I sought in Gourmet‘s glossy ones. So with my favorite food mag now history, I find myself seeking comfort from fellow foodies and passionate cooks. If you, too, need some emotional sustenance during these dark days, be sure to check out these sites, which are full of the vibrant joy of cooking well for yourself and others.
Shauna of Gluten Free Girl
One of our early profiles, one of my favorite online foodies, Shauna is a bundle of love and joy and can make you feel instantly better, about everything, at the click of a key. Read this, and see if you don’t believe me.
Marilyn of Simmer Till Done
Marilyn was one of my first new digital sisters after the launch of TSP, and I treasure her writing, her recipes, her sense of humor, and our frizzy-haired kinship. She let me write for her once. She even wrote for us once. And she makes scones. I LOVE scones.
Julie of A Mingling of Tastes
Julie’s having a special celebration of Gourmet this week, a great addition to her regular line up of simple, accessible recipes like grilled pizza and shepherd’s pie. And she’s from my hometown, Chicago, which makes her extra special.
Aran of Cannelle et Vanille
Hands-down, one of the most gorgeous food blogs around. Seasonal, special and always inventive, Aran’s recipes are unique and beautiful. And she makes marzipan ice cream–what could be better?
Matt of MattBites
One of the SummerFest crew, Matt is funny as can be, loves cocktails as much as carnitas, and is a master when it comes to styling and photographing his culinary triumphs.
Julie of Dinner with Julie
Julie, another thanks-to-TSP digital sister, describes her site as “a sort of reality cookbook” which it is, if your reality includes things like Pumpkin Stout Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Frosting. (Thanks to Julie, that will soon be part of my reality, too.)
Yes, Dorie Greenspan. Yes, she writes for that other food magazine, but we won’t hold that against her, since she’s a goddess of baking, and a wonderful storyteller.
Luisa of The Wednesday Chef
I’ve never met Luisa, never corresponded with her, make no claim to sisterhood at all–but hers was the first food blog I ever read, and I love her. Read her, and you will, too.
Elana of Elana’s Pantry
Another profilee, another home of gluten-free goodness, with a healthy dash of environmental consciousness thrown in for all our good measure. Don’t know about you, I can’t wait to drown some sorrow in these Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Heidi of 101 Cookbooks
Now that Gourmet’s Cookbook Club is kaput, I’ll be extra reliant on Heidi’s savvy book picks, not to mention her elegant vegetarian recipes. I’ve been dying to make this Roasted Corn Pudding in Acorn Squash.
Gwen of Pen and Fork
I found Chef Gwen thanks to Twitter, and love her accounts of her dining experiences (don’t miss her luscious photographs of the legendary roast chicken at San Francisco’s Zuni Café) and her simple, original recipes, often with a southwestern flavor.
and…Renee of thankyougourmet.com
Finally, a special shout-out to the lovely writer Renee Schettler, who was inspired to create a site where we can say “thank you” to Gourmet for all it’s given readers over the years. Renee was kind enough to include my remembrances of Gourmet, and I hope you’ll visit the site and add yours to the list. (The image above is from her beautifully designed thankyougourmet.com. Be sure to check it out.)