Gourmet

Raise your hand if you're going to miss the now shuttered Gourmet as much as i am?

Not like i even cook enough to get properly weepy, but it was one of the first magazines i propped for so i'm extra sad to see it go.

gourmet styling job

Remember this shopping trip i went on almost a year ago? In memoriam of gourmet, i figured I'd better show the end result, a soup story from the feb. 09 issue.


gourmet styling job


gourmet styling job


gourmet styling job


gourmet styling job
I assisted Noemi Bonazzi on the shoot, who is just so amazing words aren't enough to describe her. This woman blows my mind. One day I'll tell you about the day i first went to her house. It involved Domino and cappuccinos and china. It was amazing, but that's another post all together.

gourmet styling job

I remember i had to borrow her SUV to drive down to Fairway in Red Hook at 8am to pick out (and carry to the car!) $500 of fancy firewood imported from europe for the above shot. The car was running on E, i didn't know where the nearest gas station was, my phone was dead, i had never driven a SUV before and i was running late late late for the shoot. I may or may not have had a minor coronary.

These are the valuable life experiences publishers like Conde Nast are robbing from assistants everywhere by closing titles. Keep our beloved magazines open if for no other reason than to keep torturing the assistants and freelancers, please? I swear, we like it.

32 comments:

  1. Gorgeous shoot! I have those same Paul McCobb chairs in my dining room:)

    I think I'm going to have a t-shirt made up that says Magazine Lover for LIfe on it;)

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  2. Beautiful... but now I am hungry again.

    I think it should be unlawful to yank beloved magazines from my fragile but determined hands.

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  3. That's some beautiful firewood. It'd be a shame to burn it.

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  4. Although I will really miss Gourmet,what is bothering me even more right now is: this is the THIRD time I have just renewed my subscription to a magazine only to find it is kaput. And then I am sent some utterly awful magazine instead. It bothers me a little.
    It was really awful when Domino was gone. I still miss it.

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  5. I'm still crying about Domino, Blueprint and now Gourmet. Is it weird to feel depressed about a magazine ending?

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  6. Sad, Sad, Sad. I too loved, loved, loved Domino and Blueprint. Why do they cancel these wonderful magazines?

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  7. Great shoot. I seem to fall in love with things that "go out of style" What now? :(

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  8. I know. I don't understand why these fabulous magazines are closing, surely the book-keepers can find ways to cut costs in other ways than just closing the door. What are they going to do when the economy recovers... start all new titles?

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  9. Gourmet gone! It was my therapy magazine, oh no! Beautiful photos.

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  10. Gourmet leaving? No way! I love Gourmet. I got my first souffle recipe from them! It was pumpkin flavored!

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  11. ...Yes, it is sad to see this publication go - to say it will be missed is an understatement!

    ...On another note, local firewood wouldn't do? I don't see the difference from European firewood vs. Native and is that not an example of why the magazine is in trouble, no?...

    ...Your work is amazing girl! :o)

    ...Blessings...

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  12. They're closing because we can read everything for free online, so their print sales are plumiting! It's had everyone in the magazine industry panicked for over a decade and now the nightmares are coming true.

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  13. Is there nothing you can't do?
    You have been and are EVERYWHERE!
    My life is sooooo boring compared to yours. I'm accomplishing if i make dinner, wash dishes and brush the dog!

    I like how you don't brag.
    You simply bring out the human side of success and make it seem too stressful for me!

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  14. And yet another talent of the multi-faceted Emerson Merrick is revealed...;-)

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  15. Alright, girl, that's it. Where did you get your start in all this? You have a million jobs, it seems, each of them being something I would KILL to be paid to clock into- not a throwaway in the whole mix! Where did you go to school? What did you study? WHO DO YOU KNOW?!! I'm too curious at this point, I need some answers! :)

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  16. Magazines are dropping like flies not because of expensive imported firewood or low print sales but because of advertising drop offs.

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  17. Whaaa! I didn't know Gourmet had bitten the dust. :( Makes me very sad.

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  18. wow.. these shots are amazing. my mouth is watering!

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  19. As someone who is IN magazines, and a total foodie, I weep at the end of Gourmet. Those photos! Those recipes! Those COVERS!! sigh....

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  20. My mom read Gourmet for ever. It was one of her connections back to the US while we grew up overseas. Her recipe box still bulges with cut-out recipes.

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  21. oh wow ... are you serious that you helped with this shoot? that is awesome, emerson! i have two boxes of gourmet in our basement from ... well ... for sure the late 70's ... this was a magazine from far far away with stunning photography and layout and was a great inspiration to me as a graphic designer and lover of good food ...
    looking to the shelf to see the beauty of gourmet is no longer, but definitely remembered with great fondness ... and you will surely always remember this great shoot!
    and say ... maybe there will be a reincarnation in cyber space as the former 'domino' and newly released 'lonny' have done!
    thanks so much for sharing this ~
    prairiegirl

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  22. Whoa, what's going on in the world? They're shutting down Gourmet? Not like I was reading it down here in South Africa, but knowing it existed gave something to aspire to, somehow... -X

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  23. love this post -- so personal and sweet. so sad as well. xo

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  24. You haven't lived til you've been abused by a magazine editor. Sigh.

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  25. my first time coming here... i like the way you took the photos...

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  26. Definitely sad to hear about all the 'zines closing shop these days....
    The soup looks terrific though.

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  27. Why are there so many disgusting Star, Gossip, Glamour magazines or wrestling and Muscle? Not fair!

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  28. i feel hungry now! great blog x

    Missy
    For all things fashion:
    http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

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  29. Being based in Ghana West Africa, I don't know the magazine, but reading your blog and ogling the yummy food photos makes me miss it!!

    Great blog - glad I found it. I'm your newest follower :)

    Cheers - Holli in Ghana

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  30. Love your blog! I thought I was the only one mourning Gourmet!

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  31. Traumatic firewood acquisition aside, the shoot sounds like it was a great experience!

    So... I've always wondered: after all the photography is done, what happens to the food? Please tell me that it goes to hungry and deserving assistants.

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