Read it now: Gather Journal, Issue No. 1

by Khira Jordan (Madewell)

Behold: awesome cotton candy iterations of an octopus, a seahorse and—yes—a narwhal.

Can we talk about food magazine Gather for a second? Because it’s brand new and kind of the most amazing thing ever. Guided by certifiably food-obsessed writers, photographers, chefs, editors and eaters, the biannual Brooklyn-based publication (headed up by creative director Michelle Outland and editor Fiorella Valdesolo) does a ridiculously good job of, well, everything.

Aw, thanks: “You are always welcome in any gathering” reads this cookie-sprung fortune (right).

In 108 colorful pages and with the most refreshing curiosity, issue No. 1 (dubbed “Float”) is dedicated to hunting down exceptional ingredients, dreaming up inspiring recipes and investigating food histories that make us feel light as air. (And it’s only fitting that their artist-curated summer playlists do the same.)

Seared scallops with scallion oil (left) and grilled pomegranate chicken with bulgur salad (right).

Enough to inspire even the most kitchen illiterate among us (i.e., me), Gather has the rare power to turn any and everyone into a cookbookworm. And as if that weren’t enough, the magazine donates 10% of the profits of each issue to two super-worthy charitable organizations, Growing Chefs and Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry.

So basically, whether you’re a foodie or a fauxdie (i.e., me again), you’ll eat up every last bit with pleasure. Plus, who doesn’t love their recipes with a side of psychedelic swan photography? Yes, please and thank you, Gather.

The premiere issue, “Float,” is now available at (And word on the street is they’re highly likable on Facebook.)