I usually don’t like to talk about current events on my blog because, from the beginning, I have decreed this to be a happy place about baking, cookbooks and food, in general.

But I feel compelled to break with tradition after hearing the news that Gourmet magazine will be no more as of the November 2009 issue.

Condé Nast Publications has made the decision to shut down production of the magazine, along with a number of others, for financial reasons.

When I first heard the news, I could hardly believe it. But after some reflection, taking into consideration the financial suffering that so many have endured recently, I suppose it’s not surprising.

Having said that, though, it certainly doesn’t make it any less surprising to know that one of my very favourite food magazines is no more.

A magazine that set the highest of standards, Gourmet has been a constant source of inspiration.

I will miss looking forward to a new issue each month. As a tribute, I’ve posted a picture of one of my favourite Magazine Mondays submissions and Gourmet magazine recipes, from the April 2008 issue: Oven Crespella with Nutella Sauce.