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Au revoir, Bon Appetit

September 20, 2010 |  3:03 pm

Surviving foodie magazine Bon Appétit, which has been located in Los Angeles since its founding in 1975, will be moving its operations to New York, it announced today. Editor Barbara Fairchild will bow out rather than make the move.

“I just couldn’t wrap my head around the whole concept of me moving to New York," Fairchild told our sibling blog The Daily Dish. "I really like living bi-coastally and when I started thinking about it, there are a lot of different things I can do besides edit the magazine. So I may just take some time to do some of those different things. And who knows, maybe some of them will be things I really want to do, like live in Paris for two months.” Fairchild continued:

“I don’t intend to sit in either home -- New York or Los Angeles -- and let grass grow under my feet. I could teach journalism, I could write, I could edit, I could help chefs with their books...  basically everything that I’m doing now, but without having to worry about the next month’s budget.

“At some point after the holidays, I’m sure I’ll wake up one morning and realize that I don’t have to go in to work. Maybe I’ll go to Palm Springs and visit my sister for a couple of weeks. Or go to Monterey and visit my family there. Or maybe I’ll go to a villa in Tuscany.”

The economic downturn and availability of content on the Internet have been hard on magazines. In October 2009, parent company Condé Nast announced the closure of Gourmet Magazine, Bon Appétit's chief rival. Bon Appétit had a larger readership, and Condé Nast owned both.

The details of Bon Appétit's move to New York, where Condé Nast is based, are still being worked out.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Barbara Fairchild in the Bon Appétit test kitchen in Los Angeles, November 2009. Credit: Ann Johansson / For the Los Angeles Times