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Gastronomica

4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Issues: 4 issues / 12 months
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Combining a keen appreciation for the pleasures and aesthetics of food with the latest in food studies, Gastronomica is a vital forum for ideas, discussion, and thoughtful reflection on the history, literature, representation, and cultural impact of food.

In each issue you’ll find:

Provocative Analyses--the latest interdisciplinary research from noted scholars that considers the relationship between food and culture throughout the world

Lively Features--from news to techniques, design to reviews, poetry to prose, Gastronomica presents a mix of articles and features by culinary professionals, historians, architects, photographers, poets, artists, and others

Sumptuous Images--photographs, illustrations, and art depicting the richness and vibrancy of food and our joy in preparing and consuming it


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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • ASIN: B000472YUS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
  • This magazine subscription is provided by Magazine Express, Inc.

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for the intellectual food lover October 19, 2004
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I am a professional cook who has an expansive collection of cookbooks and food magazine subscriptions, and Gastronomica, without a doubt, is in a class by itself. It's a magazine that relishes all aspects of food culture, from indepth explorations of particular cuisines to quirky analyses of fun foods. Topics as diverse as coca-cola, Vietnamese pho, the parrot eaters, egg creams, irradiated foods, tea drinking, and the all-American butter cake are just a few of the always interesting, usually provocative, and oftentimes entertaining articles you'll read.

This offbeat, classy magazine is for the thinking food lover. What a treat!
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "New Yorker" of food October 7, 2004
Subscription Term Name:1 year
The "New Yorker" for food is often how I describe this magazine to colleagues and friends. The articles are well written, though occasionally idiosyncratic. It is one of two magazines I subscribe to (the other being the New Yorker.) If the alleys and byways of food are as interesting to you as the grand boulevards, then this magazine will appeal to you. It is not Gourmet or Martha Stewart (not that I have a problem with either of those titles, this magazine is just different), but if you enjoy food writing about varied topics from a slightly academic point of view this magazine would be a good choice.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a magazine for the reflective cook October 6, 2004
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Gastronomica is a thoughtful, inspirational magazine, filled

with insightful commentary on all aspects of food. The well-researched articles reflect the individual passion of its contributors; it is for the "thinking cook" who values substance over fluff.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes and touch December 27, 2006
Subscription Term Name:1 year
This is one of the most beautiful magazines produced in America

today. The paper and print quality are such that holding it in

one's hands is almost an erotic experience.

The articles are sometimes witty, occasionally deep and often

quirky and the illustrations are thoughtful and the covers frameable.

This is an ideal magazine for the food lover who is as fond of

a good read as a good meal.

--Lynn Hoffman, author of THE NEW SHORT COURSE IN WINE and

the forthcoming novel bang BANG from Kunati Books.ISBN 9781601640005
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars educated palate January 20, 2007
Subscription Term Name:1 year
GASTRONOMICA is the intelligent chef's magazine, filled with provocative essays and historical pieces that reveal well-researched topics and musings on the art of food and its place in society. The magazine is scholarly, insightful, playful, and highly articulate in form and function.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this as soon as I get it June 14, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
We receive a lot of magazines in our house, including most of the big food titles. But Gastronomica holds a unique and dear place in my heart. It's a delicious mix of intelligence and diverse topics. Other reviewers have called it The New Yorker of food magazines, and I think that it's a fair analogy, but it's also got a bohemian art house edge to it as well, with funky and random stories thrown in the mix. It's also got an studious academic side, as you'd expect being published by such an insitution.

The stories waver from in-depth looks at trends or subjects, and raise interesting questions. A recent issue included a long story about whether the taco was invented in California, and looked at the origins. For what would seem a random and dry subject, the story was nonetheless compelling.

The magazine is oversized and made of a sturdy cover so it is a magazine that you keep. I have been a subscriber for a couple of years, and I have kept every issue, and sometimes go back and reread them. Highly recommended, especially for lovers of Saveur and those who read the longer stories in Gourmet.
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