I have enjoyed reading Gourmet through the years. Even so, I must admit that I think Food & Wine and Bon Appetit have been more interesting to read in recent years.
The decision to close Gourmet was a minor surprise. According to the N.Y. Times' blog Media DeCoder:
There was speculation that Condé Nast would close one of its food titles — Gourmet or Bon Appétit — but most bets were on the latter. Gourmet has a richer history than Bon Appétit, and its editor, Ruth Reichl, is powerful in the food world.Something tells me that Ruth Reichl will have a comfortable landing.
. . . Condé Nast tends to hold tight to its prestigious titles, making the Gourmet closing all the more startling.