Local Food Magazines: Give the Gift of Subscriptions

Not only is print still alive, three of the most compelling food magazines in the country are published right here in the Bay Area. A subscription to Meatpaper ($28 for four issues), Lucky Peach ($28 for six issues), or Gastronomica ($50 for four issues) is a perennially thoughtful gift.

The current issue of the quarterly Meatpaper, a bound journal dedicated to edible flesh, centers on seafood and is called the "Fissue." Meanwhile Lucky Peach, the brainchild of New York chef David Chang of Momofuku, explores Chinatowns in its latest release, and the University of California Press's Gastronomica celebrates the bounty of fall.

These titles are artsy, intellectual, and irreverent — no retreads of the mainstream food stories you might encounter in the checkout aisle at the grocery store. And with in-depth stories, each issue lasts a reader a long time and feels worthy of a collection.

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