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.