I’ve written about so many wonderful books over the years, but was reflecting that they’re not necessarily the only things I reach for to read about, particularly as more and more fabulous magazines have come out, focusing on food, cooking, food writing, drinking…the whole gamut of food experiences really. Here are five that I either have tucked away for lazy day reading, or would like to!
Kinfolk – I am so lucky to have friends with great taste, not to mention great generosity, who have passed on all their copies of Kinfolk. Beautiful photography, beautiful people and some fabulous food to read about, and even cook. It’s US focused, a bit cool urbanites compared to my life, but who says it has to always about real life? The most recent editions are under £10, for some reason volume 5 is £29.80 to buy new, and nearly £60 for second hand copies, and volume 4 is over £100! Think I’d better give these back!
Gin & It – I keep meaning to get hold of a copy of this, knowing how much I love Fire & Knives (if I’m ever feeling low, reading Tim Hayward’s exploits with oysters always raises a laugh). This says it’s for drinkers and thinkers. I can say I qualify on one of those.
Homemaker – a combined mag for all sorts of home loving interests, from baking to interiors and crafting. Perfect train journey stuff, from bread to cakes, and interviews with Eric Lanlard and Sophie Dahl. Like a good sponge: fluffy, light and sweet, not heavy going.
Fork Magazine – I need to sort a subscription out to this one, as I never see it round here, but with a trip to Bristol to look forward to hoping to pick up the latest edition. It has fabulous recipes, and great interviews, and not just West Country based. Let’s face it though, even if it were, there’d be some really rich pickings! At £3 a copy I’d say it was a good investment.
Sweet – from the same stable as Mollie Makes, this is another pretty confection in the same mould as Homemaker. Perfect for those who love to bake, it’s not cheap at £6.99, but cheaper perhaps than a cookbook. Lovely photography, great recipes and inspiration. Lovely for a treat every now and then.
I know magazines are a bit of a luxury but sometimes there is nothing to beat that little luxury of a moment or two of peace and quiet, a cup of tea and a good read.