Do not read this article on an empty stomach.
Move over Bon Appétit. Make some room on the counter, Real Simple. There’s a new crop of foodie magazines that are redefining the genre…and making us very, very hungry.
“Not very long ago, food journalism was a category dominated by the big guys — Condé Nast (Bon Appétit), Hearst (Food Network Magazine), Time Inc.(Food & Wine, Real Simple),” writes Jack Seemer in Gear Patrol.
“But a new crop of small, independent publications have taken the stage, dedicated to our culture’s near-cultish obsession with the people, places and ideas behind the new food movement. These are the publications that trim the fat, and cover it best,” he claims.
He may be right.
From Alla Carta (think dinner and conversation with the fashinati) to Thrive (celebrating and elevating plant-based cuisine), these titles take foodie journalism out of the mainstream and deliberately into their chosen niches.
We’ve talked about Cherry Bombe before (really, just the name makes me want to reach for something delicious) and Modern Farmer (how DO they get those animals to pose with such attitude). And there are newer gems like Life & Thyme (they get the idea of storytelling) and Pallet (dedicated completely to the craft beer subculture).
They all look worth a look, although not on an empty stomach. We are always excited to discover new niche magazines that are thriving. Especially when it’s lunchtime. Enjoy!