Exploring identity in Chutney magazine

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by Steve Watson in October 2023
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We’ve had a bit of a run of food magazines on the Stack podcast recently, or more precisely, we’ve had a run of magazines that use food to talk about other things. First there was Te, which filled its first issue with food stories exploring cultural anthropology; then came Cake Zine, the literary magazine that used the theme ‘Humble Pie’ to explore subjects like America and grief; and for this latest episode I’m speaking with Osman Bari, founder, editor and designer of Chutney. Food plays an important part in some of Chutney’s stories, but it’s never the main point, and instead the most important thread running through the magazine is cultural identity, colonialism and migration.

This is the last of our Indiecon-influenced episodes of the Stack podcast – Osman had a stall at last month’s Indiecon festival just a couple of tables across from ours, so we spent a long time chatting while we were over in Hamburg, and it was those conversations that made me want to record something with him back here in London. We realised while we were over there that he lives fairly close to our office, so we arranged to meet in a little park near Ladbroke Grove on Wednesday this week, and recorded the audio on a bright and breezy early Autumn day. It was lovely catching up with him again, and I hope you’ll enjoy this conversation with Osman from Chutney.

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