The Week in Review: Violence in Gaza

Since the murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last month, simmering tensions between Israel and Palestine have risen to a boil. Blaming the resistance group Hamas for the killings, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a swift retaliation. This week both sides launched military strikes, effectively ending the ceasefire agreement of 2012.

With Israel poised to launch a ground invasion, neutral parties rushed to mediate. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged restraint in the face of a “full-blown war,” while President Obama offered to help broker a truce. Neither Hamas nor Israel has expressed any interest in such a proposal, citing the other as aggressor.

To get a sense of how and why the situation has deteriorated so quickly—and whether there will be any hope for enduring peace—brush up on the articles curated in these magazines:

News stories from Israel by HighlightFilmsIsrael: Pulling from countless gripping photos, informative articles and point-of-view social media posts, this news magazine offers recent updates on the conflict in Gaza.

Palestine by ali h campos: This collection of articles tracks the Israeli-Palestine conflict as it unfolds.

Arab Art Gazette by Spot On: Despite recent turmoil, the Middle East is also home to a thriving cultural scene. See how Arab artists live amidst the turbulence and what they create as a result.

Ancient Israel by Michael James: Relying heavily on anthropological and theological texts, this collection of scholarly articles explores Israel’s ancient history.

Jewish Progressive by Village Press: The Jewish diaspora has many nuanced perspectives concerning the Gaza conflict. This magazine offers a look at the community’s progressives leaders committed to working with Palestinians for peace.

Middle East Tensions Rise by Flipboard Newsdesk: From death toll reports to U.S. involvement, this magazine highlights the escalating situation in the Middle East and documents global reactions.

~ShonaS is reading “Vanity Fair Long Reads

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Spotlight On: Travel Back to Japan Through Flipboard

Every time I look at a Flipboard magazine from Japan, I feel I transported back to my country, which I left in 2005 to become a freelance editor. I’ve since found my way to Palo Alto, California, where I now work as Flipboard’s Japanese curator and international coordinator. Of course, there are parts of Japan I don’t miss—the bureaucracy, packed subways and never-ending work hours. But these magazines remind me of some of my country’s best things, such as people’s generosity and cooperation, the great food and peaceful neighborhoods.

My favorite Japanese magazines on Flipboard include the ones into which the curator flips personal photos that offer a glimpse into Tokyo life . Take a look:

きちでんせいけんフォトライフ by きちでんせいけん: This collection of street photography was taken by an artist in Tokyo. While the photos are all recent, the colors and lights make me nostalgic.

世界を旅する写真 by sawaflip : Travel lover sawaflip took Instagram photographs throughout the world and created a Flipboard magazine with them. These beautiful pictures feel like a coffee table book in a magazine layout.

シロの休日 by u7046 : The main character of this peaceful magazine is a fluffy cat named “Shiro,” (“white” in Japanese) who likes to walk around the neighborhood.

LIFE WITH CATS by enjoynews: Also featuring cats, this magazine captures the daily life of two felines who live with this curator.

コップのフチ子 by chimateer: This magazine gathers photos of a small, popular figure in Japan called “Cup no Fuchi-ko,” a little toy girl meant to sit on the edge of a cup. Photos of this figure in various scenes have been going viral in Japan, so user chimatter collected them into this magazine.

~YasukoK is reading “クロの休日 (Kuro’s holiday)

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On the Red Couch with Style Icon Garance Doré

The fashion industry is like a walled garden: beautiful inside, full of exotic and towering specimens holding court. Perched on a hedge you’ll find fashion writer and illustrator Garance Doré, whose eponymous blog brought humanity and charisma to haute couture.

To Doré, good style depends on a great personality. She calls her blog a “visual diary,” a place where she can document the people that inspire her. Through her conversational prose and understated photography she naturally reveals a sense of the individual behind the subject.

Raised in France and now living in New York, Doré is a modern cosmopolitan: sharp, inquisitive and self-conscious. It’s this fresh combination that landed her featurettes in the New York Times and Vogue. After Doré and boyfriend/fellow blogger Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist won the CFDA’s Media Award in 2012, it wasn’t a crowning achievement per se—because fashion finally felt democratic.

Garance spoke with us about growing her blog, breaking habits, and the importance of being funny.

You’re a French blogger with a primarily Anglo audience. Was that something you intentionally set out to cultivate?
It’s interesting. The thing that pushed me to start blogging in English is that when I started publishing photos on the blog, the conversation took place in every language. And obviously on the internet, people—even if they are from China—if they want to be read in the comments, so they’re gonna write in English.

Naturally, I started responding in English. My blog is in French and English—it will always be like that—but I felt like the French [language] was very small. I love France and I love speaking in French and I’m much better at French. My English is still terrible…At the same time, I wanted to reach these people and be able to create a larger conversation.

Your style is classically French but maybe less conservative. Who are some of your inspirations?
I think the French [Vogue] editor Emmanuelle Alt is one. [J Crew's] Jenna Lyons is daring. She does what she wants: She’s changing the way people look at dressing for evening. I think that’s inspiring. It’s not that this is really my style. I am more quiet and everything, but I love what she does, and I think she always looks fantastic.

What do you do when you splurge on yourself?
I bought a bag by Yves Saint Laurent two days ago. I buy bags usually. I don’t know why, but I love bags and shoes. But the biggest luxury I have—and I hope I could do it more often—is that I love massages. I love spas. This is a mix of treating myself, making my body feel good [and] also I get very inspired when I let go between the hands of a masseuse. I get so many ideas. It’s really a win-win. If I could, I would do it every week.

Tell us about your blog’s career column. What are some things that you’ve learned from those interviews?
When we do the interviews, we’re in love with the people. I’ve learned a lot, but most of it is more about my young readers. That’s what makes me the most happy.

When I was young, I didn’t have any of that. I didn’t have any connection to the industry. I’m doing this for myself at 16, and I’m very excited when people tell me that they love the career piece. Now people see that it’s interesting, but when I started, they were like, “Having a career interview in a fashion blog?”

But you can be cool in any job—you can be a lawyer and be the coolest lawyer. Own your shit. Own it and make it cool. That is why also I didn’t want necessarily to interview—as much as I would love to—Arianna Huffington, because she’s obviously somebody that’s exceptional. We don’t all want to be exceptional like that.

It’s about keeping it real and giving real tools for young people to think: “Oh, I can do that. That could be cool.” That’s the goal.

So how do you keep your life fresh and interesting? Do you have systems in place to make sure that you try new things?
No, I think that life throws stuff at you. I think every new [age] is a different experience and it’s a different point-of-view. I think if I was always the same person that I was when I started or when I was 20, I would be pretty bored with myself.

I used to be very curious about certain things and now I’m curious about other things. I want to infuse that in my blog. I use my life as a background for that, and that’s also one of the reasons why I want to open my blog to different voices. It’s cool to see what a 20-year-old has to say about fashion. How do they live it now? It’s a totally different generation.

You’re dating a high-profile blogger [The Sartorialist]. Are you able to separate work and personal life?
We mix it all up. We love to encourage each other and work together. [My assistant] Emily is used to talking with him for business [reasons] and I think he’ll have a better point-of-view than me. It’s organic. It’s never really been a question.

Tell us a little bit about what’s new on your blog. You recently introduced a love and sex column.
Yeah, it’s true. I’ve always thought that a blog is something alive—you have to grow it. It’s like a flower or plant or tree—you have to add things and remove others, you know?

I thought that one day I would have contributors and that I would talk about love. But my love life does not just involve me. It’s a subject that’s a bit more difficult to talk about.

I like diversity; I like when a rhythm is broken. I think it’s important to break habits or else people get bored.

See more vignettes from Garance Doré on Flipboard:

~ShonaS is reading “Café!

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The UK’s Spectator Brings Its Provocative Voices to Flipboard


Established in 1828, The Spectator is the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language and has long had a taste for controversy. From George Brimley’s essay questioning the intellectual worth of Dickens (1853) to then-Editor Ian Gilmour’s firm views on ending capital punishment in Britain (1955), the magazine has been a forum for bold ideas and articulate voices. The Conservative weekly is often seen as a step on the ladder into politics, with Westminster figures such as the Conservative Party’s Iain Macleod and London Mayor Boris Johnson holding past editorships.

Other notable writers have found a home here, too. Nigella Lawson began her career writing restaurant columns for The Spectator; Graham Greene worked as Literary Editor and film critic; and Quentin Blake helped to illustrate the magazine. In recent issues, Russell Brand wrote about his drug addiction; John Allen exposed the new persecution of Christians; and James McConnachie asked, “What do conductors actually do, other than wave their arms about?”

“Our writers are the best in the English language—their interests range from politics to poetry, molecular genetics to tequila slammers,” says Editor Fraser Nelson.

The magazine is now available on Flipboard, where it’s been paginated and otherwise redesigned for better browsing.

~JessE is reading “Scenic Paris”

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Eight Fan-Curated Magazines Remain. Only One Will Represent the 2014 World Cup Champion

From an initial field of 32 national teams, the 2014 World Cup has now been winnowed down to a quarterfinal group of eight. There’s been plenty of drama and surprise, with early favorites England, Spain and Italy eliminated in the early rounds, while Uruguay’s Luis Suárez was banned for taking a bite out of an opposing player. Here in the United States, high hopes for Team USA were dashed after a tough loss to Belgium. It’s already been a World Cup to remember.

Amid all the soaring highs and plummeting lows, we’ve been impressed by the the hundreds of MagMakers who have volunteered to co-curate our lineup of Brazil 2014 team magazines.

Every one of our 32 fan-curated magazines delivers a perspective on the World Cup that you won’t find anywhere else. Yet with the quarterfinals set to begin, all eyes are now on the eight magazines that represent the teams still in the running for the championship: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

From that elite group, one team will emerge as the 2014 World Cup Champion. Follow the action in our Brazil 2014 magazines, and save some applause for all the fan-curators who will bring it to you!

~ToddL is reading “Eating in Japan

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#flipshopping: Beach Reads


Reading outside is one of the greatest parts of summer. Whether you intend to spend some time at the beach, a lake, a pool, or just hanging out in your backyard, we’ve picked our favorite page-turners just in time for July 4. In this new magazine, Beach Reads, you’ll find:

  • The Silkworm is the latest novel by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame). This is her second book in the Cormoran Strike Series after last year’s hit, The Cuckoo’s Calling. People magazine called it “a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Cormoran Strike to follow last year’s stealth hit, The Cuckoo’s Calling…. Astutely observed, well-paced…The Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel.”
  • Pulitzer Prize winner The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a story about an orphaned boy and the art underworld. Once you start it, you won’t be able to put it down. In The New York Times, Stephen King wrote that “The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind.”
  • Helen Fielding’s third book about the funny, flighty and terminally relatable Bridget Jones chronicles Twitter, dating with children and younger guys. The New Yorker called it “tender and comic.”

~MiaQ is reading “Put an Egg on it

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What I’m Reading: Todd Mundt of

Todd Mundt reads for a living. Formerly the editorial director for NPR Digital Services, Mundt narrates the New Yorker and both the Harvard Business and Technology Reviews on With over 25 years of experience working in radio, Mundt has spent a good chunk of his life telling stories.

Consequently everything falls on his radar—from the scintillating sentences of La Belle Epoque-era writer Marcel Proust to The Verge’s tech-focused narrative journalism, Mundt’s interests are all encompassing.

So it’s with great pleasure that we asked the radio veteran the following question: What are you reading on Flipboard?

Early mornings, I’m usually sitting in a cafe with coffee, and I’m quite directed about how I use Flipboard: I follow essentially the arrangement I’ve outlined above. But on weekends, I wander more and let Cover Stories and Recommended for You surface things for me.

I arrange the tiles based on a loose topicality, with technology news sources, morphing into cities/urbanism, photos, wine, food, fitness, a section of Boston and Montreal stories and photos, etc. I also have tiles built out of search terms in Flipboard, like “Marcel Proust.” That lets Flipboard do the heavy lifting, showing me stuff from all over the Internet that I might be interested in.

GigaOm: This is the best “big picture” technology news source I’ve found. I read it for developments that will likely have an impact on us in the next 3-5 years.

MacStories: Federico Viticci’s blog is about Apple news, but I find his in-depth reviews of apps incredibly useful, and he’s a champion of using a tablet for most of his computing—something I agree with and practice.

Vinography: I started by having Flipboard import Alder Yarrow’s tweets, but it seems like Yarrow got the Flipboard bug because he started his own magazine with content from his wine blog and other sources. It’s a go-to magazine if you like wine.

The Verge Weekender: Another Saturday morning read. What stories have I missed? What interesting stories would I never have encountered?

MidSetBreak: Nicholas Berry updates his magazine often and for me, it’s a great example of the power of Flipboard curation. I’m interested in fitness but I don’t have time to deal with a mountain of blogs and magazines, so I trust a few Flipboard curators to do the work for me, Nicholas chief among them.

My Twitter lists weren’t useful to me until I imported them into Flipboard. Now I can browse my Core Tech, San Francisco, and Food and Drink lists easily. The Flipboard format is so perfect for following Twitter lists that I can’t imagine using lists without Flipboard.

I also read a lot of sources in a traditional RSS reader. For a long time, I couldn’t present a clear rationale for why I read one source on Flipboard and another on Reeder/Feedly, but over time, I’ve found that sources that produce a lot of content I want to browse and read end up in Flipboard, while in my RSS reader, I may prefer to scan a row of titles from blogs I read less often and select a few for reading.

To see more of Todd’s good taste, flip through some of his own magazines below:

Making a Better Me: Going way beyond bite-sized advice, Todd’s curated a coherent philosophy on how to live a better life—in more ways than one.

Time Regained: French writer Marcel Proust’s long, wonderfully winding sentences could stretch for yards at a time. Todd has gathered some short, sweet vignettes from Proust’s own fascinating backstory.

On Wine and Food: With an unpretentious eye and a taste for the delectable, Todd’s down-to-earth guide to wine and food is, yes, the perfect pairing.

~ShonaS is curating “Holiday Road (7/4)

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The Week in Review: The Evolution of Marriage Equality

Though it’s been a year since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), both political and public opinion is evolving. On Wednesday, federal courts in Utah and Indiana overturned a ban against same-sex marriages, citing crucial violations of the 14th Amendment.

Forty-three years after college students Richard Baker and James McConnell were denied a marriage license, 19 states now legally recognize gay marriage. Wednesday’s decision set a major precedent for similar cases pending in New Mexico, Virginia and Oklahoma, among others.

With a majority of Americans in favor of marriage equality, the case has led some members of the opposition to reconsider their positions. Following Wednesday’s ruling, Senator Susan Collins from Maine became the fourth Republican senator to publicly support same-sex marriage.

Whether the issue continues to be politicized, the LGBT community is already a visible part of American society. Take a look through the magazines below to see what equality really looks like in the 21st century.

Marriage Equality by Gavin Newsom: California’s Lieutenant Governor and the former Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom has curated this magazine about an issue that’s very close to his heart.

Gay Voice by Chris Cash: This magazine offers news and views for LGBT community.

LGBT by Grant Broberg: Featuring articles from The New York Times, TIME, CNN, Buzzfeed and more, this magazine has the latest on LGBT news.

Same-sex marriage: 1 year later by CNN: In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on DOMA (Defence of Marriage Act), this magazine recaps CNN’s coverage of events since the ruling.

Gay Marriage 2013, and beyond by Chris Maines: Dig into this magazine for a variety of perspectives on gay marriage, including reactions from the Catholic Church.

Marriage Equality by Christian Munoz: This magazine collects news about marriage laws in the U.S., plus lighter fare like AdWeek’s best-loved brands in the LGBT community.

~HannahB is reading “Interior

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New CNN Magazines Debut on Flipboard


It’s been three months since CNN launched its nonstop news coverage and video clips on Flipboard, along with magazines curated by hosts like John King, Fareed Zakaria and Jake Tapper. Since then, the CNN team has launched a slew of new magazines devoted to current events and/or programs. Take a look:

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is a single place to follow all of the social media created by Bourdain and the team behind his culinary adventure show.

Morgan Spurlock Inside Man goes deep on the topics covered on CNN’s most popular original series, from college sports to UFOs.

Bergdahl Files pulls together all of CNN’s coverage of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s rescue and the tumultuous aftermath.

World Cup Glories takes you off the field to showcase the people and places that matter in Brazil 2014.

CNN Comedy is full of offbeat stories and videos compiled by Apparently This Matters columnist Jarrett Bellini, National Correspondent Jeanne Moos (who covers the quirky side of news for CNN), and the team at AC360 (whose RidicuList segment is also included in this magazine).

Riffing on a segment on the CNN morning program New Day, Good Stuff showcases stories of people being kind and acting heroically.

Erin Burnett OutFront extends beyond the TV show to give more information around the day’s headlines.

Voices pulls together popular CNN Opinion pieces focused on the way we live, work and play.

Get fit! by CNN Fit Nation and Dr. Sanjay Gupta empowers you to take control of your health.

June 26 marks the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). The Same-sex marriage: 1 year later magazine has a recap of events since the ruling.

~ CarolynG is reading “Your Issue, Your Politician

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On the Red Couch with Food Writer Ruth Reichl

Some wear many hats; Ruth Reichl preferred wigs. That’s because, as the food critic for The New York Times from 1993 to 1999, Reichl discovered that her headshot was placed in restaurant kitchens throughout the country. Chefs would scan dining rooms for an effusive woman with flowing, dark hair who could make or break their careers—so review after review, the writer donned a new ‘do.

Few had reason to fear. Reichl (pronounced RYE-shil) used her pedestals—both at the Times and as Editor-in-Chief of the now-defunct Gourmet Magazine—to champion the best in food. But if something went south, as did almost everything during an amusingly dysfunctional visit to Manhattan’s Box Tree, her blade was swift: “Best of all, it is almost time to leave,” she remarked at the sight of dessert.

Less a food snob than a free spirit, Reichl came to California in the early ’70s to live in a commune and cook at a co-op before transitioning into an editor, critic and memoirist. With the publication of Delicious! last month, she’s fulfilled a long-standing dream of becoming a novelist. We spoke with her about seeing the world “food-first,” male egos, and what you should—and shouldn’t share—at the dinner table.

We live in a time in which everyone’s a food critic. Why is a professional restaurant critic still relevant?
Good criticism enriches your experience—whether it’s film, books, TV, theater. Restaurant criticism works in the same way. One of the things that’s been great about social media is that it’s taken on the consumer reporting aspect, leaving the professional critics to do something more important: to put things in context and give you the history and a better way to experience restaurants.

Was there a memorable meal that made you think, “I want to write about these things for the rest of my life”?
No. (Laughs) Truth be told, when I was first offered the chance to be a restaurant critic, my first thought wasn’t, “Oh, this is a new profession for me.” My first thought was “free meals!”

Professional cooking has become a macho endeavor. You can turn on the TV and see any number of male chefs taking up the screen. Isn’t that removed from the more traditional homestyle scenes that are familiar to many of us?
Well, what’s wrong about that is equating home cooking with restaurant cooking. A more interesting comparison would be between restaurant cooking and factory work. It’s an assembly line. A chef isn’t really a cook; a chef is the CEO of a company. Being a chef is about getting people to translate your vision.

That said, I do think that we are seeing women chefs coming up, and they are just very different from their male counterparts. A lot of them are choosing not to be in charge. Men do it more for ego, and women do it for a lot of other reasons.

Eating is a touchy subject: if you love spicy food, going on a date with someone that doesn’t can be a deal breaker. Does learning about our appetites give us a better understanding of ourselves and other people?
I do see the world “food-first” and I’ve always categorized people by what they ate. Our food choices are very much like handwriting. They are one of the ways we tell the world who we are. It’s not for nothing that there are kosher and halal laws, and part of those is to set people apart by saying, “This is who I am.” It’s a way of announcing yourself to the world.

When someone says, “I love spicy food,” they’re essentially saying, “I’m an adventurous person.” Someone who grows up in a kosher home who chooses not to keep kosher, that’s a huge statement. You can be with someone who likes a different kind of movie, but you’re going to be eating a lot together—so of course you’re gonna care what they eat!

Has social media affected those statements? Is there something interesting about taking pictures of our food, or is it a class signifier?
When I was 25 and had no money, I didn’t go out to eat. It didn’t occur to me as a way I could spend money. My son is 25 and has no money and it wouldn’t occur to him not to go out to eat. It’s just one of the things he needs to do. I don’t think it’s so much [about] class unless you’re talking about very rich or very poor people.

I hope we get beyond taking pictures of our food. I do it myself, but it’s pretty tiresome to be with someone who’s pushing the silverware out of the way so they can get the right angle of their food. It’s annoying the way photography has taken over the experience. I hate it when people are taking pictures of things while traveling and they’re so busy taking photos, they’re not even there. We’ve gotten to that point with food.

Food has achieved a near-mythic significance in America. Why?
Food TV. I’m sorry to say it, but you cannot underestimate the importance of having a generation of kids who may not have seen their mom’s cooking, but who loved watching Mario Batali, and who are now in their twenties. They saw chefs as celebrities, as interesting people in the culture, and so they experienced food in a way that no previous generation ever did.

There’s a line in your book “Tender at the Bone”—“Even in the dark I could hear the smile in her voice”—that sums up your writing in way. It helps us receive an intimate, sensory sensation, if not the tangible product. It’s personal. Have you felt reluctant to tell stories from your private life?
Not from my own life. I’ve had real pause about incorporating my family. I’ve been very cautious on what I’ve written about my son. I think your parents are fair game, but your kids aren’t. In my memoirs, if I’ve worried that I was treading on people’s privacy, I sent them that part of the book and asked if they had any objections. I don’t have a big sense of privacy. But I know other people do, and I’m very cautious about saying things about other people that they might have problems with.

In terms of process, was writing a novel that different from writing food? Were you channeling the same ability?
No, it’s really different. As a daily journalist, once you’ve gathered the facts, you decide what angle you’re going to take and you know where you’re going. With fiction, you’re inventing it all and because of that, it goes in places you don’t expect. When you let yourself go, the characters take over. The next day you have to decide whether you’re going to let that happen.

My characters continually surprised me and there was a kind of “letting go” that’s very different from non-fiction. You have to come back with all your mind and read it and say, “Am I gonna let Sammy be that person? It’s not who I thought…” and you have to decide, “Yeah, I love him. He’s not who I thought he was, but I love him.”

It’s both harder and more fun because anything can happen.

You’ve adapted to change really well. When you were running Gourmet, did you ever wonder what life would look like beyond the plate, so to speak?
I loved my job at Gourmet but I never thought that I was there forever. One of the things about running that kind of magazine was to take chances. You have to be constantly aware that you could get fired. I wrote books the whole time I was there because I thought the minute that they think that they own me, I’m in trouble. I’d have fights with my publishers about publishing the David Foster Wallace piece, and I would say, “No, I’m going to do it.” I always felt like I just need them to know that I have another life, that I can write books, and I’m not going to stop doing that. I need them to know that I’m just a visitor to this world.

Talking about disparate things makes for great criticism. Within the essayistic tradition, it’s a handy way to spot links in the cultural chain. That tradition lives on in writing about sports or pop culture or music. Has that way of thinking about food—beyond food—faded away?
When there was no longer a Gourmet, I wished that another mainstream publication would have tried to do what we did: which was to talk about culture and politics and anthropology and all of that in a mainstream publication. Unfortunately what we’re getting—Lucky Peach or Cherry Bombe or Modern Farmer, which are all great—are niche publications for a smaller audience. It makes me sad. I still think there’s a place in the world for a mainstream epicurean publication that’s challenging.

Besides including great recipes, how can a food magazine—whether in print or online—entice readers?
What we tried to do at Gourmet was create a magazine that didn’t give people what they expected, but what they didn’t know they wanted. It had an element of surprise. One of my goals was for every issue to have something in it that caused people to go, “Isn’t that amazing? What a great piece of writing!” or “I didn’t know that I wanted to know that, but I’m really glad I do now.” If you go beyond the expected and give people an appetite, they will keep coming back.

You’ve said that you could live in a house without furniture, or go without new clothes, but that you couldn’t live without literature. If you could invite any writer(s)—living or dead—who would you choose, and why?
Grace Paley was a wonderful writer and activist and someone who felt very familiar to me. George Saunders, I’m so admiring of him, he seems like a guy with such an amazing vision and so kind. And you’d want to have Shakespeare at your table—wouldn’t you? Even just to know who he was! He would have to be fabulous company. I love Hilary Mantel and would love to get her together with a writer named Dorothy Dunnet, both of whom are big writers of historical fiction with interesting lives.

How would you counsel a young person who’s prone to eating out constantly to think about food in a way that was essential to your culinary education?
I wish people would cook more. Cooking is so easy and fun. People say they don’t have time, but if you figure out what you’re gonna cook for a week and do the shopping, the work is mostly done.

There’s so much good, simple food. It worries me that we spend so much of our private time in public spaces. I wish people would invite people into their homes, which is an act of bravery. They get to see you with all your warts, with your animals misbehaving and your cats walking on the counters.

That’s how you foster intimacy. There’s a distance that happens when you just meet in restaurants. Learn to cook a few things, invite people over, and share your home and table.

It’s no secret that Ruth has excellent taste. Check out her collection of the latest cuisine, recipes, and musings on food culture here on Flipboard:

Ruth Reichl by Ruth Reichl

~ShonaS is curating “Holiday Road (6/27)

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