About this project
We made it with almost a week to spare! Thank you to all of our wonderful backers! You're incredible.
Let's keep that going: Our reach goal is $25,000 with these few days remaining. We'll use that money to pay our writers even better and fund our operations beyond the first two issues. Every dollar you pledge will be spent publishing the best of food history. And every subscription is another voice in the conversation.
So join us. Help us pay our writers well, build a vibrant readership, and fund REPAST well into the future!
REPAST is a new, beautifully designed print magazine focused on food history. Every quarter we will publish a new volume filled with a cornucopia of old recipes, enlightening gastronomic essays, and the fascinating and forgotten tales of the people who have grown, cooked, and enjoyed all things edible over the centuries.
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SO... WHAT EXACTLY IS FOOD HISTORY?
Food history is precisely what it sounds like – the history of food. This can be the story of a celebrity chef in ancient Rome or the evolution of the dinner fork or a bowl of borscht recreated from the world's oldest cookbook. If it involves food and happened sometime in the past, it will be in REPAST.
SOUNDS LIKE IT COULD BE BORING. IS IT BORING?
Most definitely not!
From the saga of the plant explorer who first introduced Americans to the Meyer Lemon to profiles of Georgian winemakers keeping their 8,000 year old traditions alive, the stories in REPAST will keep you hungering for more. We aim to make history come alive and each quarter will bring our readers a tasty compendium of accessible and engaging content that digs deeper into the roots of what we eat everyday.
Delicious food and entertaining history. What could be better?
AND WHY NOW?
There's been a major surge of the number of books and blogs dedicated to culinary history and historical gastronomy in recent years but no popular publication that captures the many delicious ideas of all these food history fanatics. REPAST will change all that as the first ever food history magazine written for a popular audience. Come join us in making delicious history come to life!
THE FIRST ISSUE
We’ve started writing and designing the first issue, which is themed “The Food of the Gods.” As you can see from our sample pages, this theme inspired a myriad of responses from our various contributors.
For Elaine Khosrova, pastry chef turned butter historian, this means a deep dive into the world of ancient Tibetan butter carving;
for Andrew Coletti, educator and ancient feast enthusiast, it’s trying to understand how the food of the ancient Greek gods became a cool whip salad in the American South;
and for noted academic and food scholar Ken Albala, this topic leads him to wonder simply “What Did Jesus Eat?”
We are currently working on getting even more contributors, ideas, and recipes for this first edition, including a piece celebrating the Gospel Bird by soul food scholar Adrian Miller, a profile of Norman monks reviving ancient monastic brewing traditions in France, and a photo essay exploring the sacred roots of Mexican pulque. Our team has already also started brainstorming for REPAST Volume 2: “Roots.”
Although REPAST will start in print, we also hope to start building a robust online presence as the magazine continues to grow.
AND WHO ARE YOU?
My name is Emelyn Rude and I am a chicken historian/food writer/editor of REPAST. You might have read my musing on the Great Sandwich Wars for TIME or my experience drinking the famous brandy of Transnistria for VICE. Outside of perusing yee olde receipt books, I spend my time working for restauranteurs and testing recipes for cookbook authors.
This Kickstarter will help to get REPAST off the ground and into your favorite reading nook. The funds will be used for everything from printing the magazine itself to paying the myriad of wonderful culinary historians, food writers, historical gastronomes, photographers, and illustrators who will be contributing to our magazine. We hope as well to start building a hungry community of food history enthusiasts eager to learn tantalizing tidbits about their suppers. We are excited to have you on board with us as we launch!
Most importantly, the wonderful magazine! Estimated costs per issue is $13-15, so the $20 option covers both the magazine itself and shipping anywhere in the United States!
Our two designs for tote bags, straight from a 16th century work by Ulysses Aldrovandi. Use your turnip tote when you shop for your turnips!
A few sample pages from our vintage cookbook library. Each cookbook in the reward will come as a (well-curated) surprise!
Oh, and we are also on twitter! Give us a tweet at @repastmag.
Risks and challenges
Writing good history takes time, a precious commodity in today’s media landscape. Add this factor to the already tough magazine business and there’s a chance that REPAST will fail to reach the right audience or that printing and shipping costs will make the continued publication of the magazine impossible.
However, we are starting small and are confident that our skills and concept will resonate with like-minded readers eager to learn more about the foods that they eat.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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