not all things start from the beginning; such as the case with my discovery of the food magazine- lucky peach.
i came across lucky peach during the summer of 2017, while spending some time (two months) in montreal.
the canadian equivalent of barnes and noble had them lined up by their register.
i quickly added the magazine to my pile of books and magazines for purchase, after browsing through it briefly, during my wait to checkout.
i was instantly hooked. i couldn't believe this kind of food magazine existed. it felt like a whole new world had opened up to me. a world in which a food magazine didn’t confine themselves to the ordinary but covered more than mere recipes and photos.
you first notice the design. it's visually different from any other food magazine. it’s filled with whimsical artwork and unique photography from cover to cover.
and then the writing- it reveals a deeper background of the food through original and intelligently written articles, essays and interviews.
there are also short fictional pieces; that have little or almost nothing to do with food. just great stories.
i was sad to discover the issue i picked up at the bookstore was their last. i was filled with regret for not having known about it earlier but soon find past issues on amazon. i end up ordering all the 24 issues available through amazon, except the first issue and some other issues that are unjustifiably inflated in price.
i savor each issue; like it’s my last. and read each one; like it’s my first.
so the lesson of the story is: go to book stores- you will find books and magazines that you wouldn't ordinarily be exposed to, and... it's always better late, than never.
*lucky peach was co-founded by writer peter meehan and restauranteur david chang. some of their contributing writers included the late anthony bourdain and jonathan gold.