Semi-hipster and increasingly trendy food publications are sliding into magazine racks everyday. This warms a little part of my heart because I have always had a soft spot for print. I was browsing one of my favorite magazine stands in the Mission one Saturday morning and a big juicy, violet plum caught my sight. Gather Journal. With it’s bold white border and vibrant front cover, I knew I was hopelessly hooked. Each page is full of stunning photography and thoughtful design, thanks to the journals creators, Michele Outland and Fiorella Valdesolo. Gather’s first edition was full of challenging but scrumptious recipes including Fried Baby Octopus, Lemongrass Noodles with Clams and Chamomile Ile Flottante. There is an article dedicated to most common cooking ingredient in the world, salt. Who knew that there were more than fifteen varietals to choose from? They even have a tiny blurb about artfully crafted cotton candy sea creatures. Yes, Gather Journal is whimsical yet perfectly polished.
I do have one gripe though – Gather only comes out twice a year. Twice. As in once every six months twice. As in I have to read each page very slowly twice. But, I guess, you always want what you can’t have and I think the bi-annual release helps to build anticipation for months and months. Or at least it works on me because when the day finally arrives, I don’t hesitate to dig out a wrinkled twenty dollar bill and hand it to my seller. Don’t get me wrong, twenty bucks for a magazine is a pretty penny but I look at Gather as more of skinny book that I’m adding to my meager but growing library. So go out and find the latest issue, give it a glance, and let the drooling begin.
Check out the Gather website.