Lately, my attention span is a bit short. And, I have come across some terrific magazines in various places. Voila! Perfection! Short, and right at the cusp of savory and sweet.
The first find is called GFF, aka Good Food Forever which also references Gluten Free Forever. Yes, the magazine, website located here, is focused exclusively on gluten free possibilities, and is a newish quarterly magazine The photography is amazing, the stories a tad over-focused on the Bay Area, though I was glad to see my fave, Zuni Cafe, listed among the places where one can get gluten free options. The cover photograph is spectacular, which is what drew me to the magazine, though the accompanying article did not really reveal the "secret" of the gluten free flower from the Thomas Keller world. (I was at Ad Hoc and had gluten free fried chicken to die for almost a year ago, so was particularly drawn to this topic.) What I actually like about the magazine is the aesthetic combined with the practicality. We have made two versions of the potato pancakes and loved them both; the beet ones held together and went well with an apple/fennel relish; the herb potato ones fell apart more, but tasted perfect. I also have joined the pack that thinks exactly this: gluten free need not be yucky tasting. In fact, I have utterly lost my patience (following my partner who was gluten free much before I was) with those who think dessert for gluten free people is simply chopped fruit. Really. Really?!?!?!
The second magazine I found at Whole Foods, It was an utter indulgence -- as the price tag for a magazine really ought not be more than some books. (It was $19.99 and it was not more expensive because of the Whole Foods over-priced reputation.) The magazine title: GATHER Journal (this is its website which is qorth visiting in its own right). The issue I purchased, the fall/winter 2015 issue, iis issue #6, s focused on magic. I liked this so much that I am tempted to purchase earlier issues like the issue called caravan. In any case, this issue is absolutely beautiful -- and eclectic in a way. The photography and food styling are both over the top. The recipes are both whimsical and thoughtful. And, I have to admit I like the notion that on the margins there are tiny little stories that augment whatever is appearing in the center of the page. The section devoted to herbs is quite informative, while being entertaining. Cocktails, mains, amuse bouche, it is all there. And, the use of the notion of magic is also fairly wide ranging, including references to contemporary fiction, fairy tales, and pulling rabbits out of the hat. The subtitle "seasonal recipes and exceptional ideas" makes this a perfect magazine for bibliochefs everywhere. And the website has a mixtape section alongside blogging, recipes and more. All of the Gather material is very nicely presented and tempting to the point of overwhelming distraction. (Though again: $19.99 may mean these are really seasonal books? Hmmm.)
So, they said the magazine was dying. Maybe not, given these two examples.
And, if you are really into magazines, click here, where you can find a list of 20 awesome food magazines, most of which I had not heard of either. Magazines. Hurrah. (And a bow of thanks to the person in my life who is really a magazine person and from whom I have learned about their wonder.)