Weird stuff in Gourmet magazine in Food Media & Arts Posted July 28, 2003 I think Ruth is heavily influenced by Outside--hence the coffee grower story. Outside has a heavy influence within the mag., biz. I like most of the pieces, but I loathe the Sterns whose only interest seems to be big portions. But I was disgusted that in the "Salute to Italy" issue, the best home cook in Rome was some skinny American who paints precious little water colors. I'd say they have little to no newstand revenue. But their ad pages are decent, and that's what pays the bills.