The new breed of food mags: Indie, expensive and very readable
- Chickpea – Promoting a whole-foods, plant-based, DIY lifestyle, the ad-free Chickpea will run you $20 for a print issue or $4 per digital issue (and contains more content than the print version). The current fall issue has pieces like an ode to oats, advice on dating omnivores, and DIY info on making your own hard apple cider and candle holders. If this sounds incredibly hipster, consider that the publication grew out of the hipsterfood blog.
- Gather Journal – Published bi-annually, Gather is a magazine that is designed to have “staying power on your bookshelf.” It’s a little more recipe-heavy than some of the other magazines, but as its title suggests, the recipes are intended to inspire cooks to bring people together for memorable meals. The publication won the James Beard Award for Visual Storytelling earlier this year. Each issue sells for $19.99.
- Cherry Bombe – A celebration of women and food, this newly published magazine will print twice a year. It is about “sustenance and style and things that nourish the mind, the eye and, of course, the stomach.” The first issue is dedicated to “tastemakers,” and I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on a copy yet, but I’m looking forward to checking it out, even if it does run $18 an issue.
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