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Bon Appétit Loses Editor

Barbara Fairchild is leaving Bon Appétit Magazine after thirty-two years, the last ten as editor-in-chief.  This is a sea change that will have even the heartiest sailors on the stormy journalistic waves reaching for their Dramamine. 

I had just heard the news through the grapevine (actually via an email from my friend Judith Sutton, who is one of the best culinary copy editors in the business.)  Almost immediately after the shocking report, I got a personal email from Barbara as confirmation. 

She and I met over fifteen years ago at The Greenbrier Food Symposium.  Soon after, she began assigning stories to me, and I eventually wrote over thirty features for the magazine.  In the process, we became good friends, too.  Here is a very revealing interview with Barbara that explains her position beautifully, much better than anything I could say.  I'll let her speak for herself.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2010/09/bon-appetit-leaving-la-for-nyc-fairchild-out-as-editor.html
 
A year ago, a similar seismic event occurred at Bon App when Kristine Kidd, the food editor of over twenty-five years duration, was let go.  Around the same time, Gourmet was shuttered.  For food lovers, both professional and amateur, these were huge changes.  Barbara's departure shows that there is one thing you can be sure of--change is the operative word in the food world these days.  Dealing with digital applications of all kinds, fighting for subscribers and ad dollars, and striving to stay ahead of dubious television personalities as arbiters of culinary taste are just a few of the challenges that food magazines have to address every day.  I bet Barbara feels great about leaving that all behind.  Do your own thing, baby!

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