Cook book

by Steve Watson in February 2010
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I first came across the brilliant new food magazine Fire & Knives through Jeremy’s post on magCulture. He seemed so excited by it I had to track down a copy for myself, and I wasn’t disappointed with what I found.

The USA has a particularly rich seam of independent food magazines. We’ve written here before about Diner Journal, The Art of Eating and Swallow, and we were proud to make Meatpaper the first delivery from Stack America this year. And then there’s Remedy (more to come on that one very soon).

So it’s about time that Britain got its own food magazine and F&K does us proud. In his first editor’s letter, Tim Hayward writes about the importance of approaching food as an amateur (‘one who loves’) rather than a connoisseur (‘one who knows’), a distinction that elegantly sums up the difference between F&K and what you might usually expect to find in a food magazine.

I don’t think I saw any recipes in it, and instead I enjoyed a shaggy dog (or scraggy bird?) story about a quail that takes over a man’s life, an account of horror actor Vincent Price’s little known foray into the realm of the TV chef, and the dining experiments that centred around Belsize Park’s Isokon Building in the 1930s.

Oh, and it’s all beautifully designed by the creative talent behind Anorak. Look out for it coming soon on Stack.

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