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16 Great Indie Food Magazines

If the confluence of food and culture is your thing, then you've got to get (or gift) a subscription to at least one of these sixteen indie food magazines, from idiosyncratic Lucky Peach and provocative Meatpaper to uber-artsy White Zinfandel and zine-scene The Runcible Spoon. In these pages you'll find writing that you can seriously sink your teeth into.

Acquired Taste

This Canadian food culture magazine is about to launch its third issue. The beautifully designed quarterly focuses on the people behind great food, and muses on the overlap between what we eat and art, design, architecture, fashion, film, and music. Acquired Taste, $64 for an annual subscription (4 issues), at

Anna Magazine

Based out of Winnipeg, Canada, Anna is food porn at its most elegant. With a minimalist visual style and easy, dazzling recipes, this food glossy is a perfect gift for the home cook who likes to make every meal special. _Anna Magazine, $54 for an annual subscription (4 issues), at _

Art of Eating

Started as a newsletter 26 years ago by editor and publisher Ed Behr, this encyclopedic quarterly about the best food and wine is a cult favorite among serious gastronomes. With its signature in-depth pieces on ingredients, artisans, and recipes as well as reviews of wine, books, and restaurants, it’s essential for anyone with an insatiable curiosity for all things edible. _Art of Eating, $48 for an annual subscription (4 issues), at Artofeating.com_

Chickpea Magazine

Now in its second year, this all-vegan quarterly magazine leads the pack in whole foods and natural living coverage, featuring alluring recipes, smart stories, and gorgeous photography that appeals to eaters of all stripes. _Chickpea Magazine, $85 for an annual subscription (4 issues), at Chickpea.storenvy.com_

Diner Journal

Published by the team behind Brooklyn restaurant stalwarts Diner, Marlow & Sons, Roman’s, and Reynard’s, this quietly beautiful quarterly is full of original recipes, culinary art, and thoughtful writing. It’s a good thing that every issue of this keeper comes three-hole punched, for easy binder storage. _Diner Journal, $50 for an annual subscription (4 issues), at Dinerjournal.com_

Fire & Knives

Don’t be fooled by the whimsical look of this London-based quarterly. Started by former Guardian food blogger Tim Hayward, between these covers you¿ll find some of the best food writing around. Plus, in true Brit media fashion, it even comes with a cryptic crossword! _Fire and Knives, £32 for an annual subscription (4 issues), at Shop.fireandknives.com_

Gin & It

With its first issue set to release this December, this quarterly booze journal (from the same folks who publish Fire & Knives) promises to deliver “new writing for drinkers and thinkers, barflies and winos, lounge lizards, tipplers and geeks.” _Gin & It, £34 for annual subscription (4 issues), at Shop.fireandknives.com_


Published by the University of California Press, Gastronomica is the thinking person’s fix for edible culture, with culinary poetry, fiction, and original artwork in addition to thoughtful writing on all things food. _Gastronomica, $50 for an annual subscription (4 issues), at

Kinfolk Magazine

A beautiful, rustic magazine that celebrates the joy to be found in small gatherings, this dreamy quarterly nevertheless has resolutely practical ideas for entertaining, along with personal essays, photographs, and paintings from some of the indie food world’s brightest stars. _Kinfolk Magazine, $65 for an annual subscription (4 issues), at kinfolkmag.com_

Lucky Peach

Spearheaded by Momofuku chef David Chang and writer Peter Meehan, this quarterly magazine is idiosyncratic and brilliant. Its single-themed issues bring together essays, art, photography, and recipes, all informed by a design aesthetic that’s unabashedly modern. _Lucky Peach, $28 for an annual subscription (4 issues), at Mcsweenys.net_


Published in San Francisco, this provocative magazine explores the ethics, aesthetics, and cultural significance of meat through art and writing. It’s brash and beautiful, and (in our opinion) looks great displayed on your coffee table next to vegan quarterly Chickpea. _Meatpaper, $28 for an annual subscription (4 issues), at Meatpaper.com_

Put a Egg on it

Put together by magazine veterans Ralph McGinnis and Sarah Keough, this cheeky digest-sized journal (printed on dollar-green paper) is about food, cooking, and the communal joy of eating with friends and family, conveyed through essays, photo essays, illustrations and practical cooking tips and recipes. _Put a Egg on it, $28 for annual subscription (4 issues), at putaeggonit.com_

Remedy Quarterly

Based out of Brooklyn, Remedy Quarterly’s themed issues (recent editions covered topics like “comfort” and “discovery”) are about the stories behind favorite recipes and food moments, with contributors ranging from seasoned writers to kitchen-savvy grandmas. Printed in 2-color offset (like so many old cookbooks) with a matching cover, they’re beautiful arrayed on your bookshelf. _Remedy Quarterly, $28 per Volume (4 issues), at Remedyquarterly.com_

The Runcible Spoon

An indie mag that hearkens back to the golden age of zines, this half-collage, half-illustrated publication out of Washington D.C. (created by SAVEUR contributor Malaka Gharib) takes an offbeat approach to coverage on everything from restaurant reviews to family recipes. _The Runcible Spoon, $6 per issue, at etsy.com_

Sweet Paul

An offshoot of food stylist Paul Lowe’s wildly popular blog of the same name, this quarterly is full of craft ideas, elegant recipes, and gorgeous pictures. It’s sweet inspiration for a beautiful table. _Sweet Paul Magazine, $20 per issue, at Anthropologie_

White Zinfandel

It may call itself a magazine, but this twice-yearly publication is an experiment in art, with food and culture mashed in. Each issue is curated to include what it’s creators describe as a “visual manifestation of food and culture produced within the lives of creative individuals.” _White Zinfandel, $20 per issue, at Whitezinf.org_

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