Welcome to Gather Journal, a new bi-annual recipe-driven food publication devoted not just to cooking and eating, but to what those acts inspire: the bringing of people together. You will find lushly imagined photography from some of the country’s most esteemed food photographers and fun, insightful writing. Each issue is divided into chapters, much like a meal—amuse bouches, starters, mains, and desserts—along with regular special features, from studied examinations of ingredients to whimsical essays about memorable eating experiences. A theme will also drive every edition of the magazine; for this, our first, that theme is “float”. From floating in salty ocean water with the sun beating down on our bellies, to meals so fresh and bright they have a certain buoyancy about them, it’s a word that evokes pure summer. And we loved the challenge of dreaming up recipes that would conjure those very same feelings.
For the Spring/Summer 2013 “Rough Cut” issue we focus our attention on film. Specifically, summer movies—all their various sub-genres (the road trip, the summer romance, the beach idyll, and the summer in the city) inspired an assortment of recipes as eclectic as the films themselves. We pay homage to the oeuvres of two directors (Alfred Hitchcock and Wes Anderson) admired for their distinctive, albeit very different, visual approaches; we recall memories of summer camp food, both personal and fictional; we re-imagine famous cinematic food scenes; and we laud the everlasting power of the movie soundtrack.