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.
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.
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.
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.
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.