Food is an endearing and inspiring subject to write about. There are no universal rights or wrongs, no static opinion or public standard, and especially no one way to do anything. Every ingredient, recipe, cook and region is worth it’s weight in literature and scribbled praise.
I’ve only dabbled in the art of the charta gastronomica, a mere 3 years of writing this beloved site I call GiustoGusto, but I’ve recently drawn substantial envy and awe in the writing of others. Cleverly detailing a recipe or meal is one thing, but reading another’s perfectly descriptive tale that mimics your personal experience so well is – well, f*cking frustrating. But it’s food! Not even, it’s writing about food, which I can neither scoop nor spin onto my fork, and so I take note and enjoy the eerily-similar feelings of my fellow gastronomes and aspire to their level of narration:
Cereal is a brand-new magazine from the UK focused on world-wide cuisine. It’s inaugural volume visits places like Ravello, Copenhagen, and Westonbirt, England to name a few. The combination of casual writing and incredible photography is hard to put down, lets hope the next volume comes out soon.
Diner Journal is an awesome resource for recipes, sometimes as many as 30 in a single volume. That may not sound like a lot compared to Food Network Magazine, but the two are working on different wave lengths. Diner Journal’s recipes are warm and styled after home-cooked traditions, Food Network Magazine is built for quantity and the recipes suffer in quality. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
This magazine is incredibly worldly, with as many as 25 articles per volume, most of which detail ingredients or cuisines I know next to nothing about. If there was an encyclopedia gastronomica to start building, this is where I’d start. The addition of Chef’s Pages in each volume, including an interview with a worldly chef, is rad too.
Lucky Peach is the punk rock, subway bombing, take no shit little brother of the culinary magazine world. The cover art is insane, the articles are outside the box, and the entire editorial experience is fun, whacky, but informative. Articles by Bourdain, volumes on Chinatown, and the ridiculously cool design of it all makes this magazine one the most entertaining of the lot. It’s just food, and they know it.
Last but not least is Kinfolk, a beautifully written, photographed, designed, and executed devotion to small gatherings. It’s first 3 or 4 volumes were a tad on the feminine side for my taste, but that does not detract from the quality of writing or photography. Since then, each issue has had a great balance of things relatable to both men and women including surf-trip camp meals, chef interviews, and great recipes. The authors and photographers are spread out around the world, giving each article a distinct perspective into something food-related. What I appreciate most about this magazine is the editors choice in top-notch authors and their ability to describe what I wish to describe in a way I never knew possible. Maybe I should spend more time planning my words? Ah, maybe next time.
Happy Reading folks.