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A quarterly print publication documenting food culture around the globe with a storytelling sensibility.
A quarterly print publication documenting food culture around the globe with a storytelling sensibility.
311 backers pledged $22,281 to help bring this project to life.

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For the past two years, Life & Thyme has been publishing stories on a weekly basis, covering food culture and the people behind it, exclusively on our website. These are stories about real people that work tirelessly in order to feed us.

We have interviewed chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, farmers, coffee roasters, cocktail makers, handcrafted apron makers, all sorts of purveyors, or even grandmothers that contribute a masterful skill to the food, beverage, and hospitality industry from around the globe—whether it be in a professional kitchen or someone's home.  Our content is typically long-form with an editorial sensibility and focused on people, rather than the latest trend on a plate. Storytelling is our mantra, while also executing original photography and filmmaking on an online platform dedicated to a variety of content related to food and its lifestyle.

Through a global network of hand-selected and talented contributors, our stories and content go beyond our home state of California and into other culinary destinations such as New York, Nashville, Austin, Portland, Chicago, Mexico, Colombia, Rwanda, Scotland, Taiwan, Turkey, Japan, India, and many others. We are constantly looking to collaborate with talented creatives in order to showcase their work and knack for storytelling. Where there is good food, there is culture and stories to be told.

The Next Chapter: Life & Thyme going to print.

There will always be something special about a beautifully designed print publication. Whether it’s the smell of ink on paper or simply the opportunity to shift our gaze away from a screen, print offers a certain tactile sensation that an online experience simply never can. So we want to extend Life & Thyme’s timeless culinary stories into the real world, by creating a quarterly print magazine that offers fresh and new content about the people that drive the food world forward.

The Life & Thyme Magazine will be printed in full-color on a high quality paper stock, run between 96 to 120 pages, and is projected to publish on a quarterly basis across the globe.

We need your help to make this dream a reality.

In order to bring this dream project to life, we are asking for your help!

By pledging—and being the first to pre-order a copy of Issue 1—you are helping us fund print production and the creation of stories for issue 1 of the Life & Thyme Magazine. 

Even a dollar short of our goal, we lose it all. Every little bit counts and we hope you can join us in being the voice for those that feed us.

What people in the industry are saying

"I discovered Life & Thyme through a good foodie friend.  He described the site appropriately as the most beautiful, romantic and cinematic content on food and beverage on the web. We've since had the great fortune to work together, be part of their story (and one of their stories), and continue to be inspired and energized by the work they do and what they contribute to the landscape of makers."
—David Kaplan
Proprietors LLC. (HoneyCut, Death & Co., NiteCap NYC)

"Life & Thyme is bringing respect back to the craft of food writing. They remind me of reading the New Yorker. It's a collection of essays that speak to and about a core group of craftsmen who spend their life trying to perfect details. It's not critique, it's not gossip, it's the observance of their slice of life."
—David NayfeldChef, Eleven Madison Park, Fifty Seven

"Life & Thyme really captures the true essence of the kitchen.  Their incredible ability to harness the raw emotion and passion that goes into what we do, leaves me speechless. I look forward to working with them in the future.....as often as possible!"
—Bruce Kalman
Chef, Union Restaurant, CHOPPED Winner, Knife Fight Winner

"I was most impressed with their approach.  Life and Thyme showed up, were a fly on the wall, asked questions and observed.  What they did then, and do best, is to find a story and tell it.  The content is varied, interesting, artistic, attractive and relevant.  Im a huge fan of the site and cant wait to see what they do next."
—Greg Daniels
Chef, Salt Air, Perry St.

The Rewards.

Aside from being the first to pre-order Issue 1 of the Life & Thyme magazine (by pledging at least $25 USD), we have included many other great rewards to choose from. Below are some of our favorites:

ISSUE ZERO

In order to prove the concept and to show a prototype, we created a 64 page ISSUE ZERO of what the Life & Thyme Magazine will look like and feel like in printed form. An incredibly limited print run was made for this issue which includes some of our favorite stories from lifeandthyme.com. Such stories include: a Chef Portrait on Ludo Lefebvre, Hay Rosie Ice Cream Co. out of Brooklyn, Kimisagara Market out of Rwanda, Guerrilla Tacos out of LA, a trip to the Santa Monica farmers market with a Michelin-starred chef, a photo essay on Taipei's night markets, and other great stories.

Starting at the $50 pledge, you can get your hands on a digital copy of Issue Zero. However, we have only TWO printed copies to give away. They will never be sold and they're reserved for any two incredibly generous $1500 pledgers. We're not kidding on the limited print run. The L&T Team will even sign them to show our deepest appreciation!

L&T FARMERS MARKET TOTE BAG

We love taking tote bags to the farmers market, so we'd love for you to have one too! Starting at the $75 pledge, we will throw in an exclusive L&T Tote Bag.

 EXCLUSIVE PHOTO PRINTS

Photography plays a big role over at Life & Thyme. We work with talented photographers in order to produce our stories and we're giving away a limited quantity of the following photos for certain reward tiers:

by L&T Photographer Josh Telles
by L&T Photographer Josh Telles
by L&T Founder Antonio Diaz
by L&T Founder Antonio Diaz
by L&T Photographer Alicia Cho
by L&T Photographer Alicia Cho

Risks and challenges

Releasing a printed publication is a pretty ambitious endeavor that we're willing to tackle on. We are so serious about it that we created an Issue Zero to work out the design kinks, create a layout/style system, and even went ahead and invested in an initial print run. We love testing concepts and proving a big idea can be executed, so we've already established a great relationship with our selected printer. We also have a proven track record of creating content efficiently and at our highest standard of quality.

Even though we do not expect delays, there are always unforeseen delays that could potentially occur when it comes to print production and shipping distribution.

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    Welcome aboard! Join the Life & Thyme community to be in the know with project updates and be the first to know when issue 1 launches.

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    Receive a limited edition 11x14 print by L&T Photographer Josh Telles, the first ever print issue of Life & Thyme, digital copy of Issue 1, digital copy of the prototype of our magazine (issue 0 — not sold anywhere), an exclusive farmers market tote bag, and your name listed as a supporter in Issue 1.

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    Receive ALL THREE 11x14 prints by Antonio Diaz, Josh Telles, & Alicia Cho, 2 copies of the first ever print issue of Life & Thyme, digital copy of Issue 1, digital copy of the prototype of our magazine (issue 0 — not sold anywhere), an exclusive farmers market tote bag, and your name listed as a supporter in Issue 1.

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    [Los Angeles only]: Join L&T on an interview & photoshoot for an upcoming story so you can see first hand how we create our content. You'll also receive 3 copies of the first ever print issue of Life & Thyme, digital copy of Issue 1, digital copy of the prototype of our magazine (issue 0 — not sold anywhere), and your name listed as a supporter in Issue 1 with special recognition.

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    Obtain a sponsorship slot for one of our upcoming stories on lifeandthyme.com. Your brand name or personal name will be displayed and linked to your website. You'll also receive 3 copies of the first ever print issue of Life & Thyme, digital copy of Issue 1, digital copy of the prototype of our magazine (issue 0 — not sold anywhere), and an exclusive farmers market tote bag, and your name listed in issue 1 with special recognition.

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    Receive an EXTREMELY limited edition PRINTED version of Issue Zero signed by Team L&T (it's so limited that we only have 2 to offer!). You'll also receive 5 copies of the first ever print issue of L&T, digital copy of Issue 1 & Issue 0, an exclusive farmers market tote bag, and your name printed in issue 1 as a supporter with special recognition.

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    Receive 1 page ad space on Issue 1 for your brand (must be food/drink, hospitality, travel, lifestyle, or fashion related). Team L&T will even help with the creative so your brand looks as good as ever. You'll also receive 5 copies of the first ever print issue of L&T, and digital copies of Issue 1 & Issue 0.

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    The L&T Experience (U.S. only): We will fly you out to Los Angeles, set you up at a top LA hotel for a 1 night stay, and our team will take you out to dinner—we will feed you until we have to wheel you back to your hotel room. Oh, and receive 10 copies of the first ever print issue of L&T, digital copy of Issue 1 & 0, an exclusive farmers market tote bag, and a special thank you in Issue 1.

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