Why You Might Actually Want to Spend $20 on a Magazine
Twenty bucks is a lot to spend on a magazine, we know. But these mags are all made in the USA, and they’re worth spending more than the usual fiver you drop at the newsstand. Here’s why:
Gather Journal, $20
Gather is a recipe-driven magazine based in New York City. Creative director Michele Outland and editor Fiorella Valdesolo dream up a theme for each issue, of which there have been four so far: “Float,” “Traces,” “Rough Cut,” and finally “Cocoon.” Of “Cocoon,” they write, “You’ll find recipes that impart a warm, cozy, and, well, cocoon-like feeling, and ones that visually mimic its wrapped and bundled form.” Well, that sounds freaking great to us.
Bonus: The journal’s website boasts a shopping section featuring a rotating, curated selection of products inspired by each issue.
Cherry Bombe, $18
Also based in New York City, Cherry Bombe is all about the ladies. A biannual magazine that celebrates women and food, its first two issues have been jam-packed with features ranging from supermodel Karlie Kloss’s cookies to Helen’s Bar-B-Q pitmaster Helen Turner, and they've landed marquee writers such as Bon Appétit executive editor Christine Muhlke and Eater’s Amanda Kludt. Creative director Claudia Wu and editorial director Kerry Diamond (who’s also a restaurateur) plan to host a conference, called Jubilee, this year. It will be about (you guessed it!) women and food.
Best parts of the recent issue: Model Elettra Wiedemann’s interview with the owners of Amber Waves farm, an entertaining piece instructing readers how to play “Celebrity,” and a photo of Man Repeller's Leanda Medine sporting two, shall we say, cheerfully placed creme brûlées.
Bonus: Cherry Bombe’s chef-to-chef Q&As featuring the original, handwritten interview sheets.