I got my hands on Lucky Peach yesterday afternoon. It’s the new food magazine put out by Momofuku’s David Chang and McSweeney’s. I’ve never been to Momofuku, but I make attempts to cook things in Chang’s cookbook. I’m loving Chang’s appearances on Treme, and McSweeney’s has been on a do-no-wrong streak. The mag just jumped into my mitts. The cashier took it to ring me up, looked at the cover, did a spit take, and then said, “what am i looking at?” (That’s more than 1 chicken.)
I’m not a big food magazine reader, but Lucky Peach is not your typical food magazine. It’s got food inspired art, a short story, food history, John T Edge, Anthony Bourdain, and on and on. Oh, and some recipes. This issue is dedicated to ramen. There are no ads for kitchen stuff or anything else. It looks to be pretty remarkable from the little I’ve been able to read through so far. There is a good chance that I’ll read this cover-to-cover. I’ve never done that with a food magazine and very rarely with any other kind of magazine.