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Eat and Read! Four Delicious Quarterly Magazines

“When you eat, eat. When you read, read. When you eat and read, eat and read.”

-Zen Master Suzuki Roshi

Food media. “Foodieodical.” Narrative food writing.

It’s difficult to put a label on the hybrid form that has recently taken the print world by storm. Bespoke carries four such gorgeous beasts: Lucky Peach, Sweet Paul, Kinfolk, and Diner. Each one of these quarterly magazines is quite likely to become your favorite indulgence—and each for its own reasons.

 

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Sweet Paul evolved from the personal blog of one Paul Lowe, a self-proclaimed food-geek and guru for all things crafts + entertaining. The first print edition debuted last spring at Anthropologie stores, and quickly became a hit with readers from a variety of professions. What’s inside? Profiles of designers and artisans, seasonal recipes, travel features, and staging ideas. It has a clean look, and a layout that seems somehow light-filled, which makes it a pleasure to read.

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Lucky Peach is McSweeney’s answer to the foodieodical. It’s the kind of clever, quirky mash-up you’d expect from Dave Eggers’ multi-armed publishing house—which is to say, wholly unpredictable. Sometimes the only thing binding the wide-ranging pieces together is that issue’s theme. There’s a bit more lit in this quarterly than the others; fiction, poetry, and personal essay belly up to the bar alongside recipes and travelogues. No telling what they’ll do next. 

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Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, there’s the beautifully quiet Kinfolk, a neutral-palette-on-matte-paper tribute to the small gathering. Spend a half hour reading through this journal in the middle of a stressful day, when your house is a mess and you don’t know what to make for dinner, and I promise you’ll feel a sense of instant calm. In endlessly varied ways, Kinfolk reminds us that the act of coming together around food is a timeless source of renewable energy.

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A happy medium between the last two publications might just be Diner, a quarterly of lit, art, and recipes, with the hand-painted feel of your best friend’s nature journal. Each issue has a three-hole punch through the whole thing so you can stick several issues in a binder for easy reference in the kitchen or off the bookshelf. Based in Brooklyn, the quarterly is published by Marlow Goods, the family-run collection of restaurants and retail focused on artisan goods sourced nearby.

For more on food lit, check out these articles:

New York Times: ‘Foodieodicals’

The Food Book Fair

HuffPost: 16 Great Food Magazines