Be sure to read all of the article by travel writer Ann Patchett on the glory days of working for Gourmet magazine:
Are you still missing the dead magazines you once loved? The Saturday Evening Post? Mirabella? Wigwag? Well, chances are you don't miss them like I miss Gourmet. Not only did I read it cover to cover every month and always made several of the recipes, the editors sent me to Europe and South America and just about anyplace else I wanted to go. For 10 golden years they picked up the tab while I ate at the best restaurants and laid down my head on the highest thread-count sheets. I never saw a bill. They booked things directly. They took care of me. I was a travel writer, or, as my beloved editor Bill Sertl once told me, pointing to the tagline on the cover which read, Gourmet, a Magazine of Fine Living, "You are the fine-living part."