Thursday, November 14th, 2019
Gourmet Magazine: The Last Word in Taste, Ten Years Later
With Jane Lear, Anne Mendelson, Kemp Minifie, Zanne Stewart, and William Sertl
Gourmet magazine was a beloved and important institution in the food world for most of the 20th century, until it was shut down ten years ago, the victim of the vagaries of a subjective industry. In the age of print food magazines, it splendidly documented the spectrum of American food culture–“taste” in many senses of the word.
This panel discussion brings together some of the people who were central to the Gourmet team and who made significant contributions during their long tenures: Jane Lear, an editor whose warm and witty voice was everywhere in the magazine; Anne Mendelson, an important contributing writer; Kemp Minifie, the stalwart recipe-tester and developer; Zanne Stewart, who presided over the famous Gourmet test kitchen for decades; and William Sertl, travel editor.
The panel, moderated by Linda Pelaccio, host of the Heritage Radio podcast “A Taste of the Past,” will describe how the editorial and test-kitchen staff functioned as a team, reflect on Gourmet’s achievements, and connect the magazine to the food journalism of today.
A reception with tastes of some favorite recipes from Gourmet will follow the panel.
Location: Anthroposophical Society of America, 138 West 15th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, New York, NY 10011
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