Winter Reading List: 10 Terrific Quarterly Food Journals

This morning Megan wrote about favorite food magazines, a topic always worth revisiting to gauge what's piquing interests online and off. It got me thinking: while I appreciate classics like Saveur and Food and Wine, I'm drawn more to the small, independent, and often ad-free quarterly food publications slowly and steadily finding their way onto the bedside tables and kitchen counters of cooks and food lovers alike. Here are 10 worth reading and treasuring:

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Diner Journal, $40 for one year subscription (4 issues): Diner Journal is a quarterly magazine published by Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow of Diner, Marlow & Sons, and Roman's and butcher shop Marlow & Daughters. It features original art, articles and recipes. See a list of recipes from the latest issue here.

Art of Eating, $52 for one year subscription (4 issues): Each issue of The Art of Eating includes in-depth articles, recipes, letters, a wine review, restaurant and book reviews, and profiles from a wide variety of food lovers and makers, including growers and craftsmen, bakers, cheesemakers, wineries, olive-oil mills, charcutiers, and chocolatiers.

Acquired Taste, $62 for one year subscription (4 issues): For musings and insights into the overlap between food and art, design, architecture, fashion, film and music, look no further than Acquired Taste, which "aims to redefine the world of food."

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Remedy Quarterly, $28 per volume (4 issues): Do you like your food journals offered up with a bit of nostalgia? Then Remedy Quarterly is for you. The story-focused journal, where both professional food writers and "top-notch grandmas" come together to share their unique recipes and insights, is printed in 2-color offset (as opposed to digital or laser printing) to evoke the feel of old community cookbooks, which means the journals will eventually weather and get that vintage smell.

Lucky Peach, $28 for one year subscription (4 issues): Leave it to the literary cult favorite McSweeney's to bring us the innovative and irreverent food journal that is Lucky Peach. Created by David Chang, chef/owner of Momofuku, writer Peter Meehan, and the producers of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, the journal is billed as "a mélange of travelogue, essays, art, photography, rants, and recipes in a full-color, meticulously designed format" with an aim to "appeal to diehard foodies as well as fans of good writing and art in general."

3191 Quarterly, $28 per issue (4 issues per year): Though strictly speaking not a designated food journal, each seasonally-focused issue of 3191 Quarterly weaves in so much about the daily rituals of cooking and eating that I consider it worthy of this list! Published by Stephanie and Maria, the two cross-continental friends behind the blog 3191 Miles Apart, the magazine features beautiful photographs and gentle musings on domestic life, food and drink, travel, and family.

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Fire & Knives, £32.00 for one year subscription (4 issues): This UK publication takes pride in featuring new and upcoming food writers. Founder Tim Hayward told Stack that his magazine appeals to "a broad social mix but unified by an interest in British food culture, a love of good writing and a desire for something out of the mainstream."

Kinfolk, $65 for one year subscription (4 issues): You've likely already heard of Kinfolk. (It made the blogosphere rounds a few months ago.) Dedicated to celebrating the beauty and simplicity of small, intimate gatherings, it's a romantic approach to food and life, encouraging us to "to slow down, appreciate, take care and be together... to inspire a considered life, a measured pace, a more honest and heartfelt way of being," as Dana wrote in her review of the magazine last July.

Wilder Quarterly, $59.99 for one year subscription (4 issues): Again, not a traditional food publication, but so closely entwined with food as to warrant inclusion on this list. Wilder Quarterly is "for people enthralled by the natural world" and the world of growing. Green thumbs, rooftop gardeners, foodies, chefs, and seed savers will find inspiration and warmth among its pages, as well as insights into how the growing world intersects with culture, travel, food and design.

Lapham's Quarterly, $26 per issue: Each issue of Lapham's Quarterly adopts and explores a single theme, such as War, Money, and Education (all past themes). But the one we're interested in is the Summer 2011 issue devoted to FOOD. From sumptuous banquets to our daily bread, it's an exhaustive and intriguing look at the history of "what we eat, how we eat, and who's at our table."

Related: New Year, New Food Magazines?

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