Food & Wine Founder Michael Batterberry Dies

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Food & Wine and Food Arts founder Michael Batterberry died on Wednesday at age 78, reports the New York Times. Batterberry and his wife, Ariane, developed the concept that would become Food & Wine with goals of "[puncturing] what they saw as the truffled pomposity of Gourmet" and appealing to men as much as women — this was a good 30 years ahead of the dude-food revolution. Batterberry received the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award at last May's ceremony. While Food & Wine is still quite healthy, the Times notes that he did manage to outlive his old nemesis Gourmet. [NYT]