describes itself as "a food
Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals...
and entertaining magazine
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" and is published monthly. Named after the French
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phrase for "Enjoy your meal", it was started by M. Frank Jones in Kansas City in 1956. Jones was owner, editor and publisher until 1970, when Bon Appétit was merged into the Pillsbury Company, who sold it to Knapp Communications, publishers of Architectural Digest
Architectural Digest is an American monthly magazine. Its principal subject is interior design, not — as the name of the magazine might suggest — architecture more generally. The magazine is published by Condé Nast Publications and was founded in 1920, by the Knapp family, who sold it in 1993...
four years later. Condé Nast Publications
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, the current owners, purchased Knapp Communications in 1993. Its sister publication was Gourmet
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, before it was discontinued in October 2009. The magazine's headquarters, which had been in Los Angeles, CA, were moved to New York City in early 2011.
The current editor is Adam Rapoport, previously Style Editor at Condé Nast's GQ
magazine. Prior to joining GQ, Mr. Rapoport edited the restaurant section at Time Out New York and worked as an editor and writer for the James Beard Foundation's publications office.
- James A. Shanahan (1956–1961)
- Alan Shearer (1961–1962)
- Charles Walters (1962–1963)
- Betty Paige (1963–1964)
- W. C. Carreras (1964)
- Floyd Sageser (1964–1965)
- M. Frank Jones (1965–1976)
- Paige Rense (1976–1983)
- Marilou Vaughan (1983–1985)
- William J. Garry (1985–2000)
- Barbara Fairchild (2000–2010)
- Adam Rapoport (2010-present)