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A BOOKISH REVENGE?: Speaking of the Condé Nast closures, former Gourmet editor in chief Ruth Reichl broke her silence about the magazine’s shuttering by calling The New York Times’ Kim Severson on Tuesday and giving one strong indication that she has no immediate plans to return to Condé Nast: She is writing a memoir about her experience there. “When I’m done being sad I’ll be working on my next book,” Reichl told The Times, which described the book as “Ruth Reichl: The Condé Nast Years.” (WWD is also owned by Condé Nast).
“This has been a fascinating place to work,” Reichl added in her Times interview. “But I’ve always said I can’t write it until I leave here.”
Reichl will be returning to a book tour to promote a Gourmet cookbook currently on the shelves. She already has written several best-selling memoirs. Her most recent effort was May’s “Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way.” According to Nielsen BookScan, it has sold 20,000 copies.
But it appears another former Condé Nast editor in chief will beat her to the punch with a similar premise about life during and after a folded magazine. A memoir by Dominique Browning, who was the longtime editor in chief of House & Garden until it folded in late 2007, will appear next spring. According to Publishers Marketplace, “Slow Love” is an account of how Browning “simplified her life and found happiness after being laid off from the job that defined her.” Browning did not respond by press time to a request for more detail. — Irin Carmon