As you may expect from people who work at a food magazine, here at SAVEUR we’re avid readers of nearly everything we can get our hands on that has to with the intersection of food, place, culture, and memory. And we’re already on record as huge fans of indie food magazines, whose clear-eyed, innovative approaches to culinary culture renew our enthusiasm for the matter on the regular. So we’re particularly excited about the imminent launch of Middlewest, a Chicago-based indie title that’s the result of a partnership between former Time Out Chicago dining editor David Tamarkin and photographer/designer Erica Gannett. The Kickstarter-driven project launches its first issue this week, and don’t worry if you think your to-read pile can’t handle another title: ingeniously designed as a series of oversized recipe cards, this magazine feels like no other.
The mag’s tagline—”A modern food magazine, deconstructed”—isn’t just a reference to the un-bound format. “We had a desire to create a magazine that was also an object—something beautiful that you’d enjoy holding in your hand, or having on your coffee table,” Tamarkin says of the project, which focuses on the food and ingredients of the region that lends the magazine its name. “As we were making it, we developed another goal for the magazine: We wanted it to push the look of food magazines forward. The thinking is that if we can present food differently, maybe that can enable us to think about food differently.”
Middlewest issue #1 is available for sale now at middlewestmag.com. Watch the issue trailer below.