Links #3: poverty, austerity and posh magazines

I haven’t written a links post for a while but that’s not to say I haven’t been surfing the web, so here are some of the articles and sites that have caught my eye lately, some of which I’m afraid are a little old hat.

I admit I have been guilty of saying to friends that if you put your mind to it and get creative in the kitchen anyone can eat really well on a small budget. However, a number of articles I have read recently have made me eat my words. My attention was first drawn to the issue after I read blogger Miss South’s feature in the January issue of Observer Food Monthly. I then looked up Miss South’s original blog post, which sums the whole thing up pretty succinctly in the second para:

What you eat may have an impact on your dietary fibre, but it has bugger all to do with your moral fibre. It’s patronising and reductive to suggest otherwise and to focus on the actions of an individual, rather than those of the food industry, helps no one and hinders many, while causing massive divisions in society.

I couldn’t agree more, and I promise I will never wave a bag of lentils in an accusatory manner again. Also on this subject and well worth reading are the following articles: The nutrition gap between Britain’s rich and poor is vast – and wicked and Guilt, choice and responsibility in the austerity kitchen.

I am still a newbie to blogging, both as a reader and writer, and so I am now regularly visiting well-established blogs for the first time. It makes me a little sad that I have clearly missed out on so much great content, but hey, it’s super because I’m now discovering a whole new online world. One of my favourite finds so far is Christine Baumgarthuber’s bonkers Austerity Kitchen blog for The New Inquiry which is just so rich in ideas I daren’t attempt to summarise it.

Regular readers might know that I have a passion for magazines, and particularly independent slightly eccentric ones that look nice. I’ve had to keep a tight grip on my purse this month because I’ve spotted several new foodie ones that look like a jolly good read. First up is the Foodie Bugle, a magazine ‘that offers a calm, curated, thoughtful space for good people, doing good things in good places in the world of food, drink and home crafts’. Already an established name online with an excellent website and informed Twitter feed, The Foodie Bugle released their brand new print edition on 19th Feb. You can purchase a copy here.

I thoroughly enjoyed Issue 00 of The Gourmand, a new lovingly designed ‘food and culture journal’ edited by David Lane and Marina Tweed, who also happen to be from my home town of Lewes. The second issue, confusingly entitled Issue 01, is out now and their first exhibition opened at Protein at 18 Hewett St, London on 21st Feb. Details of the exhibition can be found here along with an interview with the editors here. It seems that this week The Gourmand are also venturing into the world of supper clubs too: this clearly isn’t just a magazine, it’s a lifestyle.

And then there is Bath-based food and travel magazine Cereal edited by Rosa Park, of which the second edition will be coming out in March. Cereal is a luxury publication with a chic aesthetic somewhat like that of Kinfolk, but the premise is playful. In the words of the makers, ‘One of our fondest memories of childhood is of waking up to a huge bowl of something crunchy and milky, devouring the words and pictures on the back of the packet. These boxes were the first thing we read each day, and they taught and entertained us. Hence, Cereal. We hope to become your morning read.’

My god, I feel I haven’t even begun but this is already an essay. I shall have to save my other favourites for later, I promise not to leave it so long this time!

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About Chloe King

I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.

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