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Kinfolk

I recently discovered Kinfolk magazine. I once saw photos from an issue that explored aging. They had all of these stunning portraits of people with grey hair. I thought they were so beautiful. But I didn’t pick up a copy at the time. Purchasing an expensive, trendy magazine would be far too self-indulgent.

Reading Kinfolk seemed to be an activity specifically reserved for hipsters who bought matte covered publications in order to boost their credibility as bona fide cool people. I did not think anything of real substance was printed on those perfectly crisp pages. Sorry, Kinfolk. I misjudged you.

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Eventually, I justified purchasing a copy. Probably because it made me feel cool. To my surprise I discovered concise, cleverly written articles accompanied by the clean, minimalist photographs that originally captured my attention. The magazine expressed important ideas about slow living, community, work/life balance, family and food.

What’s inside?

Each issue is built around a theme and each theme is thoroughly explored by a myriad of writers. There are always a series of yummy recipes featured like the one above for watermelon and coconut milk ice cream. I still have to try this! The recipes connect to the issue’s theme which adds a layer of complexity to the dishes.¬†They draw upon simple ingredients and cooking methods. This is nice to see since I am definitely guilty of over complicating things in the kitchen from time to time. Simple food is often the best food.

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The issue featured in this post centred on essentialism in its many different forms. I appreciated Peter Block’s article “A Sense of Belonging” which examined the idea of belonging to a community and the importance of this feeling for human survival and happiness. Also, I am totally inspired to travel to the neighbourhood of Yanaka in Tokyo because Danielle Demetriou’s article.

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I suppose this all goes to show that you should never judge a book by it’s cover. Or in this case a magazine. I suggest indulging your inner-trendsetter and picking up a copy. You might learn something.