Five Indie Food Magazines for Your Bookshelf

Even in this digital age, creatives and publishers are taking to print media to tell stories and publish artwork — and by working with high standards and creating beautiful content, they're succeeding. While each magazine takes its own approach, all these publications focus on the role of food in art, culture and gathering. If you're interested in reading quality content about food and drink complete with beautiful illustrations and photography, check out the following indie food magazines:


Kinfolk is a food-focused lifestyle magazine that encourages communities, connections and living simply. It released a cookbook in 2013 and continues to publish its quarterly magazine. Kinfolk's U.S. office is located in Portland, Oregon, which is fitting for its message of slowing down and focusing on bringing friends and family together with food. Kinfolk should be on your subscription list, especially if you're studying the culinary arts within the culture of Portland.

Cherry Bombe

Cherry Bombe, a biannual publication about women in the food world, focuses on quality design and content. Based in New York City, the publication launched after a successful Kickstarter campaign in May 2013. Cherry Bombe continues to publish stories, images and artwork that celebrate influential women and food artists.


Based in Chicago, Graze is a literary magazine that publishes essays, "pseudo-scholarly" takes on food in culture, poetry and artwork. Graze is well-designed and takes a simple approach to its illustrations, printing in two-color format.


Chickpea is a quarterly vegan food and writing publication based out of Rochester, New York. Started in 2011 by the bloggers behind HIPSTERFOOD, Chickpea focuses on the vegan lifestyle, food culture and recipes. The magazine has something for everyone: Even if you aren't vegan or vegetarian, you will enjoy the beautiful food styling and photography.

Gather Journal

Gather Journal is a recipe-driven publication that chooses a word-based theme in each biannual issue, such as "cocoon" or "magic." As the word implies, the issue called "Cocoon" focuses on warm, cozy recipes appropriate for its Fall/Winter 2014 release. Gather publishes lovely photography that focuses on colors and patterns.

These indie food magazines are receiving continued success, even at a time when the focus is shifting from print to digital. These are not disposable magazines, but rather journals that will hold their own alongside your collection of culinary books. Consider subscribing to your favorites, and you'll start a nice collection of quality publications on your bookshelf.

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