from the publisher’s desk
AT A LOSS for holiday ideas? You need look no further
than this issue of The Costco Connection We’ve included
several special sections to help you plan your gift list,
your menu and more.
You’ll find lots of great gift ideas in the Arts &
Entertainment section, which starts on page 40. In addition to previews of the latest books, our buyers present
their picks of books, music, movies and video games.
Starting on page 62, the Creative Cooking section
offers ideas for your holiday meals and parties. You can
learn about pairing wines with cheeses and party foods,
and find several delicious and easy appetizer recipes.
Costco wine expert Annette Alvarez-Peters offers her suggestions of wines to serve with
your Thanksgiving meal, including what to drink with your Costco pumpkin pie.
The Holiday Gift Guide following page 69 showcases many great Costco items,
including fresh meat, seafood, electronics, bikes and toys, cameras and computers, jewelry and more. You’ll also find a selection of seasonal trim to decorate your home.
And, last but not least, a special catalog of holiday gifts available on Costco.com follows page 83. We carry an additional selection of merchandise online, such as furniture,
mattresses, floral bouquets, exercise equipment, large TVs and all of the latest electronics, gift baskets and gourmet foods, for delivery direct to the recipient’s home. You can
read more about our latest online features on page 83.
Be sure to visit a Costco warehouse on the Friday following Thanksgiving to take
advantage of Thanksgiving weekend special savings. That’s also when, as a thank-you
to our members, we will be handing out our latest cookbook, Home Cooking The Costco
Way, free to the first 2 million Costco customers. This book is filled with easy and inexpensive recipes from our food suppliers, using ingredients that are sold at Costco.
From all of us at Costco, thank you for your loyal membership and your business.
We wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
David W. Fuller
LET’S TALK ABOUT Al Gore and Glenn Beck. One of
them appears on our cover this month, having penned an
article for us concerning his ideas about climate change.
The other’s book was promoted in a full-page paid advertisement in last month’s issue.
These two people have little in common in terms of
politics or stature. (There is only one person I can think
of who has both a Nobel Peace Prize and the title of vice
president of the United States on his résumé.)
There is one overwhelmingly important point they do
have in common: They are American citizens whose right
to express their opinions is protected under the First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution.
The right to print articles or sell and promote books written by these two people is also
protected by that cornerstone of our democracy.
Some of our readers either do not understand that particular protection or do not care
for the choices we make in our editorial coverage or the books we sell.
Although it saddens me to have to point it out, I want to assure you that Costco does
not believe in censoring books. As with all of the products we sell, we emphasize those
books that have or are certain to have the greatest customer demand. Unlike conventional
bookstores, we carry books primarily at the time they are released. That means when a
conservative or a liberal book is on the table, there may not be a book counterbalancing it.
That is a matter of timing and numbers, not politics or opinions.
In terms of the articles we publish in the magazine, our coverage has included—and
will continue to include—everyone from Tim LaHaye to Howard Stern. Again, we rely
on time for the balance and on each member’s judgment to choose what he or she wants
to read. C
David W. Fuller is Assistant
Vice President, Publishing, and
Editor of The Costco Connection.