Ann Patchett Killed Gourmet Magazine

In The Wall Street Journal‘s Off Duty section this weekend, author Ann Patchett remembers her time as a contributor to Gourmet magazine and all the egregiously expensive, but totally necessary, things she did as part of her research. Ms. Patchett wonders: Did the magazine fail because she expensed too much and lived too large? Seems plausible.

“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 … Magazine work was a beautiful party and we all just figured it would go on forever,” she writes.

We’re glad the beginning of fall can now be the time of year where we all share our memories of our salad days in luxury publishing. Cookie, we barely knew ye’.

Earlier: On The First Anniversary of Gourmet Closing, Ruth Reichl Remembers Ann Patchett Killed Gourmet Magazine