Every week I look forward to the Wednesday newspapers-that’s the day with the food section. For a long time there were three papers that I would purchase and then long for a few free moments when I could sit down and pour over every word. Those papers were the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and our local San Diego Union.
A few years back I gave up on the San Diego paper. The number of pages and articles kept getting smaller and smaller until I decided it wasn’t worth buying anymore. I remember back in better days I actually called the paper to ask about working in their test kitchen and they laughed and said “what test kitchen?”.
Of course the NY Times has had a stellar reputation and some of my favorite food writers contribute to the Wednesday food section. Over the years I’ve tried more recipes than I can count, but lately I’ve noticed that the amount of articles decreased and in the past two years the price of the paper has doubled! Why should I buy this when I can read it on line?
Which leaves me with the Los Angeles Times, which is actually my favorite of all three food sections. The articles and recipes are about food that you would actually try. The restaurant reviews are poignant for me since I could drive up to LA and try them. Over the last few months I’ve noticed that this food section has fewer pages and it makes me sad.
I love picking up the paper and reading an article and seeing the photos. I can read it on line, as many people do, but it’s just not the same. I guess I have to get over it-the end of an era-the food section is disappearing.