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By Chefs, For Chefs
Toothache is a peek inside the world of chefs and fine dining. Within the hefty covers you will find interviews by and of chefs of all stripes. Everyone from Michelin-starred restaurateurs to chocolatiers and pastry chefs, international and experimental - and recipes for some of their specialities. They talk of history and technique, culture and hardship, inspiration and the foods that inspire them. Recipes are fit for skilled cooks, with instructions and ingredients aimed at professionals. A solid 125 pages, with detailed and colorful photography, this should give inspiration to budding chefs and experienced foodies alike. Issue 3, Bi-annual, US, $20.00
Wild Sounds from Past Dimensions
Ugly Things is one of those obscure niche titles that exist in the world of magazines, and one of the great examples of how there really is a magazine for every taste. A music magazine for those that love the obscure, the lost and the forgotten, Ugly Things packs its 150-ish zine-like pages with the stories behind, and long interviews with, those musicians that have had a brief moment in the spotlight, and then moved on. Published since the early 80’s, it mostly covers the early decades of rock - garage, psychedelic, punk, surf, what-have-you - and mostly hunts down the rare, unknown, local or short-lived bands no one else covers. Pages and pages of album reviews, and ads for what seems like every small record store and music label in the country, complete the package, making this the perfect read for anyone who loves to hunt down forgotten gems. Tri-Annual (3x a year), US, $9.95
Documenting Cycling Journeys Around the World
Far Ride is a gorgeous, photo-heavy publication that takes us on cycling trips far and wide. Published from Seoul, Korea, with hefty, art-quality paper and an elegant layout, this one simply feels different. Trips could be on the back roads of Korea, across the open plains of East Asia, or into the unknown lands of Africa. Photo essays, long personal stories, and interviews with riders and dreamers keep us absorbed and intrigued from front cover to the final page. Small print runs and self-distribution make this one rare, so grab it while you can. Tri-Annual, South Korea, $23.00
The Human Side of Technology
What is Offscreen? This compact publication is the stories, inspirations and passions of people who create in the world of technology. Containing a nice blend of pieces, there are four long, in depth interviews that explore the thoughts and drives of the interviewee, short essays and quick interviews about some insight found in a techie’s life, a handful of projects to improve the lives of humans, a photo section showing tech workspaces across the world, and a smattering of gear. Short of tech-speak and long on inspiration and humanity, this tri-quarterly published out of Australia and printed in Berlin is international, engrossing, inspiring. One of the many small, self-distributed gems I carry, it is hard to find outside of a few tech hubs, so grab it while you can! 3x Annually, Australia, $20.00
Creativity for the Young at Heart
This adorable, tiny publication by Uppercase is for those that love crafts and crafting, with a bent towards the young and young at heart. For kids and adults, this pocket sized publication is filled with hundreds of pages of crafts and artists who create. Everything is included, from paper to knitting, dolls - nesting and soft - to quilts, books to pencils, interspersed with interviews of adult artists and their kids. This is the first issue of Little U, but Janine VanGool, says it won’t be the last! Created with help from her son, Finley, and lots of contributors and friends, it is a pint-sized package that is as tasty as a pint of ice cream on a hot summer’s day. Take a peek! Occasional, Canada, $24.00
On the newsstand
This food journal covers one city or region per issue, with style and substance. Spending time, doing research and interviewing whoever is influencing the food scene, whether they are chefs, restaurateurs, bakers, even growers, gives the publication the ability to peel back the layers of the region, showing the food community and its inhabitants from an insider’s perspective. Lovingly put together, with photos that are intimate and compelling, hefty paper and 150+ pages, including a list of restaurants etc. in the back, this is a keeper. Annual, US, $19.00
Legendary Indie Nerd Bible
This long-established indie music mag - very zine-like - has been around for ages, off and on, sort of as a cult thing. Musically connected and locally made by a small group of women, it is packed with interviews and reviews of artists such as themselves - underground, independent-minded musicians doing it their way. And made right here in Portland! For this issue - possibly the last - they fulfilled a dream, to finally interview the mysterious musician Kendra Smith. If you are a fan of either, you should not miss this. 2018 edition, US, $12.00
Insights from Asia
I am honored and thrilled to be able to offer this publication. Kyoto Journal is celebrating 30 years of publication, but after some years as digital-only, it has recently come back as a print publication. And I have to say, this must be experienced in print! The bi-annual journal has Kyoto at the center of a story that illuminates the ancient culture of Japan and its region, which includes Korea and China. Whether it is on traditional craftsmen maintaining a centuries old tradition, a travel diary from the Meiji era, or an essay on a particular aspect of life in modern Kyoto, each piece is elegant, timeless and meticulously crafted, each issue a complete package. This is something to keep and treasure, something you will go back to time and again. Only available here! I have two issues: 89: Craft Ecologies, and 90: Old Roads, Revisited. Bi-Annual, Japan, in English, $16.50
Most dog and cat publications you see these days are those mainstream rags filled with cutesy pet photos and sales pitches for fancy foods and pet furniture. This is not that. Each issue of this stylish publication features one breed of dog, investigating the history and personality of the chosen subject. Then we take a trip to the locale that is the origination of the species, visiting the region and its dogs. You will also find a variety of essays by and about pet owners, the loves, losses and art of dogs and their humans, and short interviews of a collection of creative pet owners, and how their lives are enhanced by their dogs. Full of color, illustrations and excellent dog photos, this is a rare… wait for it… breed of pup mag.
Direct from the publisher, I have issue 4: the Pomeranian. Come see! Bi-Annual, UK, $18.00
The Real Reader’s Quarterly
Do you spend hours in the cluttered aisles of used bookstores, and have shelves full of musty classics at home? You need this publication. Slightly Foxed, it’s title referencing the brownish tinge old books sometimes get (called foxing), is a British publication reviewing old - or should I say mature - and often out of print books, but also the stories and authors behind them. Does that sound a bit quirky? Oh, it definitely is, in a very British way, but it is also heavenly if you love books, especially old ones. This is such a lovely little publication! It has ivory acid-free paper, intricate pencil illustrations, is laid out like a book (of course) with a table of contents, chapters and bibliography, and even occasionally comes with a bookmark. Slightly Foxed is quite rare in the US, just like that treasure you found hiding in the stacks that you couldn’t resist, so get it while you can! Quarterly, UK, $16.00