The Meaning of Gourmet

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Contemporary readers now access that Gourmet society through its online version on, through its special editions, through its recipes on Epicurious, and now, through this, Gourmet Live, sustaining the interactivity that made the magazine more than just a chronicle of eating and drinking but truly a way of life.

Megan Elias is the author of Stir It Up: Home Economics in American Culture and Food in the United States, 1890–1945. An associate professor of history at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York, Elias is working on Taste of the Nation, a history of American cookbooks from 1865 to 2009.

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