Weekend Reading: Gourmet's Archives

When we blogged about Gourmet's new web look, we blogged too soon. We should have cracked open February's issue, where Ruth Reichl informed us that yes, the new website would be a new platform for the magazine online, and while Epicurious would continue to store their recipe archives, the new magazine site would feature an archive of magazine articles dating all the way back to the magazine's founding in 1941. Given our love for some of their great classic writers like M.F.K. Fisher and Laurie Colwin, this was exciting news.

We hopped right on to their site and found that their browsable archive of articles from the 1940s through today is not yet online, but they do have selections from some of their best.

Below, our top weekend reading selections from Gourmet's archives.

What Is Southern? - A previously unpublished essay by the late Edna Lewis, published in the January 2008 issue.

Night of Lobster - Robert P. Tristram Coffin, September 1946

An Alphabet for Gourmets: A-B - M.F.K. Fisher, December 1948

An Alphabet for Gourmets: F-H - M.F.K. Fisher, February 1946

Food Flashes - Clementine Paddleford, August 1950