New York's chef-darling David Chang and the producers of Anthony Bourdain's irreverent travel and food show No Reservations have teamed up to create a quarterly food journal that's now available for pre-order.
After months of whispers and rumors, Lucky Peach has materialized with promises of full-color pages and a platform for "unorthodox authors like Bourdain."
The journal, described as a collection of travelogues, essays, art photography and "rants" will be edited by Peter Meehan, co-author for Chang's cookbook Momofuku, Chang himself and Bourdain's producers Zero Point Zero Production.
It's now available for pre-order on literary journal site McSweeney's. It's also being developed as an iPad app and word is it will be out in May.
Each issue will focus on a theme. The inaugural issue zeroes in on ramen as the centerpoint, around which the rest of the content will revolve.
Bourdain discusses Chang's career trajectory through films like Ramen Girl and Tampopo; food scientist Harold McGee explores alkaline noodles, MSG and the concept of molecular gastronomy; and a constellation of revered chefs lends the journal innovative new recipes.
The first issue has already secured the contributions of Spanish chef Juan Mari Arzak, who this week was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award for founding New Basque Cuisine by the S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants, and Wylie Dufresne, chef of wd-50 in New York, known for its zealous use of science in the kitchen.
Chang isn't the first to give writers and epicureans an elevated platform from which to wax poetic about food. New York-based publication Alimentum is five years old and purports to be the only literary review about food. Story topics in this winter's issue includes why coffee and writing go together; shrimp obsessions; a corn muffin addiction; and murder by eggplant.
The journal can be ordered for $28.