Read Local

November 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Two local food publications are out and about this Fall with 2 slightly different angles on the same subject, food.

Edible Chicago explores the local and sustainable food movement while also celebrating the role that food plays in our lives. In its 5th year, owners and editors Ann Flood and Becky Liscum strive to tell the stories of the farmers, producers, chefs and activists bringing local food to the Chicagoland area with well crafted and visually beautiful pieces. The magazine hosts writers like Terra Brockman, the author of the award winning, The Seasons on Henry’s Farm, who in this issue covered wild nut gathering and Amelia Levin, the author of the new cookbook, Chicago Chef’s Table, who wrote a piece on The BOKA Group, who have the stable of very successful chefs and restaurants but who, also, maintain a very strong commitment to the local farmer. Edible Chicago is part of the Edible Communities group of 70+ magazines across the country and growing. To find out where to pick up an Edible Chicago, you can go to their facebook page or you can subscribe. In conjunction with Brookly Brewery they will be having their free quarterly carousal on November 28 6-9pm at The High Dive in Ukranian VIllage, rsvp to to secure a spot. The magazine is published quarterly with the seasons and is really printed at an artisanal size so the magazines go quickly!!

Graze Magazine on the other hand is focused on the application of different literary genres to convey stories about food. It includes poems, essays, plays, humor and news pieces. Brian Solem and Cyndi Fecher the founders, editors and publishers of Graze describe the magazine as “a food-oriented lit mag dedicated to the food on your mind and the thoughts on your plate. A semi-annual publication that focuses on what’s on the table as much as the folks sitting around it. A space to explore the ways food is in the background or foreground of human relationships.” Graze supports itself in several ways, by selling copies, which you can purchase online, holding literary events(stay tuned to their website and facebook page), at bookstores(check their website) and by your joining their literary CSA(ust as a community-supported agriculture share helps finance a farm by giving the farmer capital before the harvest, not after, a subscription to graze will ensure that the semiannual publication will continue its semiannual cycle of seeding, watering, and harvesting). Here is a 10 page preview of this issue.