The Cherry on Top


In the midst of all the girl power that's been floating around as of late—Lean In, anyone?—comes Cherry Bombe, an indie food mag by women, for women...and, we suppose, the men who love them. "The magazine came about for a few reasons," co-founder Kerry Diamond, pr-exec-turned-restaurateur-turned-print-publisher, tells us. "I don't think women face the same career obstacles in food as they did years ago, but the guys in the industry do a much better job of supporting each other and banding together. So Claudia [Wu, Cherry Bombe co-founder and former Me magazine editor] and I thought it would be great to celebrate all the different facets of the food world, but from a feminine perspective." The premiere issue of Cherry Bombe features recipes from Melia Marden (executive chef of The Smile and author of "Modern Mediterranean: Easy, Flavorful Home Cooking") and Sofia Coppola (ever wondered what she drinks? A French 75. Now you know!), alongside diary-eque entries from Garance Doré and ITG's Emily (at a time, not so long ago, when the ice cream sandwich was her go-to snack). "All of our fashion friends are food obsessed—well, most of them—so we had them and ourselves in mind when creating this," Diamond says, adding that she's "thrilled to feature amazing chefs such as April Bloomfield and Gabrielle Hamilton, the industry's leading food stylist Victoria Granof, and Jennifer Rubell, an artist who made her name with food installations." What's particularly impressive is that Diamond and Wu bootstrapped the whole operation, with a little help from sole sponsor Jo Malone London, and have only just now launched a Kickstarter campaign to gear up for issue number 2.

You can head over to Kickstarter to order your own copy of the Karlie Kloss-fronted mag (which will also be available, for $18, in early May at McNally Jackson, Bird, Omnivore Books, Alder & Co., and Book Soup) and pitch in. "Yes, there's a lot of girl power in Cherry Bombe," Diamond admits. "But with everything going on in the world today, that's a good thing." We couldn't agree more.

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  • Kaira

    Where could I get this in the Netherlands? :)

    • Cherry Bombe

      Kaira, we're working on international distribution!

  • Georgie

    Just donated $10! Wish I could afford the $45 donation to get a copy sent to the UK for me, but alas I am a student

  • Letitia Elizabeth

    Ahh this sounds amazing! Really well executed indie food magazines are few and far between. Another great "by women" food and fashion mag is of course Lillie Magazine with model Summer Rayne Oakes currently on the cover ;) xx

  • Louise*Sk

    Will it be available online or for international shipping? Thanks :) x Louise

  • sarahmontevedeo

    I find it ironic that most of the women featured in the magazine don't eat in real life. C'mon.

    • Louise*Sk

      I guess the theme is more about the WHAT you eat. Then we can all agree that the quantity is always gonna be tight if you want an über nice figure ;)

    • sisi

      How do you know they don't eat in real life?

    • Cay

      Body discrimination goes both ways. It's ridiculous that you are looking at someone thin and immediately making the judgment that they don't eat. Moreover, speaking as someone who constantly has to explain that no, I eat quite enough, thank you, it's just flat-out irritating and insinuates that that there is some sort of "normal" body type that we're all missing out on.

      • Haley

        For real. I have never been a "thin" person, I look "healthy," but I have looked healthy and been unhealthy, and had some serious medical issues and still looked "healthy," so I feel like I understand how arbitrary looks can be. It irks me to no end when people body-bash thin women. Like, what? Huh? Maybe argue for more than one beauty ideal, and don't beat yourself up if you don't look like Karlie fuckin' Kloss, but don't make people feel bad for looking the way they look.

      • beeswaxnoneofyour

        Thank you! Even though I am not super skinny but normal (whatever that is for others - for me, it's 6-8, and I'm not tall), my mother has had a really fast metabolism her whole life - she is tiny, tiny tiny, even after a couple kids (this was before you had a trainer asap after birth and food programs), and I know how she eats - regularly and heartily, no avoiding anything. And yet everyone comments on how she should gain some weight. She can't! So yeah, absolutely - there are ALL types of bodies out there. Some are natural, some are maintained with a lot of good work and healthy diet, some are maintained by lousy methods and lying. But don't jump to conclusions and think everyone you think is 'big' is unhealthy and eats crap all day, and anyone pretty and skinny is lying about eating and has a eating disorder.

  • Charlotte

    so cool! Just donated $35! :)

  • Tori

    So excited to check this out!

  • Guest

    I'm so conflicted. I love food magazines, cookbooks, etc. I'm a pretty
    great cook, too. But I DON'T want to buy a food magazine with a model on
    the cover. It's really off-putting to me. How about a photo of beautiful FOOD, instead? (And don't even get me started on my thoughts about Garance and Scott.) Also, from the pictures you're showing here, I'm not seeing much diversity, and I can't support that, either. Sigh...

    • Joy Of Stranger Sensibilities

      It's a little gimmicky with the models, but that's the interesting spin here isn't it? There's already so many interesting food magazines out there (Kinfolk, Cereal, Lucky Peach, Gather etc) so I don't mind the fashionesque aspect of this venture.

      • kneelbeforetigers

        Exactly... it's a food magazine from an ex-fashion publicist. Take it with a VERY large grain of, ahem, salt. Sorry, but I like my foodie tomes without a side of fashion size-ism side eye.

    • KathS

      Good point, but Karlie is a kookie kook.

  • grilledalmondo

    all the women are white. the women are usually white. and if they aren't white then they look white. great job itg.

    • Guest

      Thank you. Because sometimes, I wonder if no one else sees what I see.

    • ITGNick

      Hi there, Cherry Bombe does have contributions from women from a number of different backgrounds/ethnicities. The above slideshow only includes a small selection of the magazine's 170-plus pages, chosen mostly to illustrate the range of content (interviews, artwork, places, events, recipes). That said, it's a shame that the magazine comes across as...dare I say...vanilla in our feature, and I apologize for the oversight.

  • Joy Of Stranger Sensibilities

    This is such an interesting concept. Def seriously interested in getting a copy!

  • Jennifer

    I think this is a very interesting concept. From the looks of ITG's preview, it looks to be very presentable, with great photographs. Visually dynamic photographs and neat presentation are so important I think, especially when it comes to cookbook related content. Definitely worth a look. Don't knock it until you try it.

  • amelia

    wow; this looks like my ideal magazine! will definitely be ordering it i think!