Welcome to Gather Journal, a bi-annual recipe-driven food magazine devoted not just to cooking and eating, but to what those acts inspire: the bringing of people together. You will find lushly imagined images from some of the country’s most esteemed food photographers and fun, insightful writing. Each issue is divided into chapters, much like a meal—amuse bouches, starters, mains, and desserts—along with regular special features, from studied examinations of ingredients to whimsical essays about memorable eating experiences.
A theme will drive every edition of the magazine; for the Spring/Summer 2013 “Rough Cut” issue we focus our attention on film. Specifically, summer movies—all their various sub-genres (the road trip, the summer romance, the beach idyll, and the summer in the city) inspired an assortment of recipes as eclectic as the films themselves. We pay homage to the oeuvres of two directors (Alfred Hitchcock and Wes Anderson) admired for their distinctive, albeit very different, visual approaches; we recall memories of summer camp food, both personal and fictional; we re-imagine famous cinematic food scenes; and we laud the everlasting power of the movie soundtrack. Our hope is that this issue, much like your favorite movies, becomes something you’ll want to revisit again and again.
Photographer Cornett lives by a lake in upstate New York with his two great loves: a beautiful painter and a standard poodle. He has shot for Esquire, The New Yorker, Gastronomica and Coca Cola, among others. You can get a glimpse of his life’s goings on at thelivest1.com. See his work at grantcornett.com.
Favorite movie food moment: Monkey brains in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Currently the senior beauty editor at Style.com, Ellenberg has held staff positions at Nylon, T: The New York Times Style Magazine and Jane. The Brooklyn-based writer and editor also contributes to New York, Lula and Canada’s Fashion magazine.
Favorite movie food moment: The chocolate cream pie incident in Overboard, where the twins put superglue on the back of the dessert plates and Goldie’s hands get stuck when she tries to serve it! It’s what broke her in the movie—and also allowed her start falling in love with Kurt.
Gentl and Hyers
Partners in photography and life, Andrea Gentl and Martin Hyers met while students at the Parsons School of Design. Focused on food, travel, interiors and portraits, clients include Condé Nast Traveler, Bergdorf Goodman, and Grey Goose and they’ve picked up a number of SPD awards. Gentl also shoots and writes the blog hungryghostfoodandtravel.com. See the couple’s work at gentlandhyers.com.
Favorite movie food moment: Joe Pesci questioning a witness about how to make grits in My Cousin Vinny (Gentl) and Glenn throwing M&Ms at his son to show how fast he is in Raising Arizona (Hyers).
The Toronto-based collage artist and curator is the former owner of experimental galleries The Age of Info(rmation), Cutty Contemporary, and Good Luck. Nowadays he shows and curates exhibitions in galleries across Canada. See his work at randygrkovic.com.
Favorite movie food moment: The ending of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
The Baltimore-born artist, earned a degree from the prestigious The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied painting, printmaking and photography; her medium of choice nowadays is mixed media painting and collage. Hoeckel has also lent her talents to a number of bands (album art) and magazines, like Bust, GOOD, Lucky Peach and Rookie, where she is the staff illustrator. See her work at bethhoeckel.com.
Favorite movie food moment: The scene at Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Pulp Fiction—“God damn that’s a pretty fucking good milkshake.”
Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, Miller came to New York to study photography at Parsons; after graduation he went on to assist Mary Ellen Mark. Nowadays Miller’s clients include Target, Chase, Martha Stewart, Dwell Studio, Field + Stream and Williams-Sonoma, and his work is part of the permanent collection at The New York Historical Society. Miller is also the co-author of Coney Island (Trans Photographic Press). See his work at johnny-miller.com.
Favorite movie food moment: The live fish and chips scene in A Fish Called Wanda.
The Brooklyn-based, New York City-raised photographer decided on his chosen craft early on. As a young boy, Monaghan could be found late at night at the bodega on the corner of 35th and Third Ave perusing the magazines on display. It was while paging through copies of Hit Parader and Circus that he first considered his passion for photography. See his work at keirnanmonaghan.com.
Favorite movie food moment: The entire movie, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover.
The Stockholm native has been drawing since she was a child; she and her sister would create illustrated horse comic books to sell at the local supermarket. Mörtsell studied printmaking and graphic design, and was headed for a career in fashion magazines when she re-discovered her love of drawing. Now a full-time New York-based illustrator, her work has appeared in Nylon and Flaunt. See her work at jennysportfolio.com.
Favorite movie food moment: The “I can’t stand people” bar scene in Barfly with Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway.
Born in Malmö, Sweden, Nilsson moved to New York for art school. After working as a chef, he decided to pursue a degree in photography. Since 2006, when Nilsson first combined his passions, making food his subject, his client list has grown to include Bon Appétit, Departures, New York, Travel + Leisure, Swallow, and The New York Times Magazine. When he’s not shooting the avid wine collector enjoys throwing dinner parties in his East Williamsburg digs. See his work at marcusnilsson.com.
Favorite movie food moment: Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead cooking chips in the documentary Lemmy.
Gather’s co-recipe editor and food stylist entered the gastronomical world after selling her East Village bar and using the proceeds to attend culinary school. She logged time in the kitchens of a number of the city’s most esteemed restaurants before shifting her focus to food styling and recipe development. Simply put, she lives to style food for print and video and cook. Those potatoes modeled with a foot in the Hitchcock chapter? They were later baked and served to unsuspecting friends. See her work at maggieruggiero.com.
Favorite movie food moment: The Thanksgiving meal in Pieces of April.
Gather’s co-recipe editor Shuster started off her career in publishing at Harper Collins before changing courses completely to attend the Institute of Culinary Education. Since earning her degree she has worked as a freelance food stylist and recipe developer, dividing her time between New York and Boston. See her work at mollyshuster.com.
Favorite movie food moment: The montage in Amélie of her favorite things, including the feeling of sticking her hand into a sack of split peas, and the sound of cracking the hard caramel top of crème brûlée with a spoon.
The longtime New York- based food stylist’s work can be appreciated in both print— she is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, O and More magazine—and on screen: she is responsible for the dishes in major movies like Julie & Julia and Eat, Pray, Love. Spungen is also an accomplished cookbook author; her third effort, What’s a Hostess to Do? is out in May 2013 from Artisan. See her work at susanspungen.com.
Favorite movie food moment: The big reveal of the tarte Tatin in Julie & Julia.
The Australia-born, New York- based image maker started out creating avant-garde, glam rock-influenced clothes before deciding to document them instead. Thompson worked as a fashion photographer in Paris, then moved to London and into the world of interiors. He is a founder of “the Tree”, a New York art collective, has exhibited extensively, and contributes to Architectural Digest, W, The New York Times Magazine and British Vogue. His most recent book on beautiful spaces is Interiors (Hardie Grant). See his work (and sign up for his newsletter) at martynthompsonstudio. com/blog.
Favorite movie food moment: Bette Davis in All About Eve; the party scene where she, martini in hand, says “I think it’s gonna be a bumpy night” is as high camp as you can get. Fabulous.
Canada-born, Brooklyn- based Vamvounakis studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology before embarking on a career as a prop stylist. Her clients include American Express, Anthropologie, West Elm, Estée Lauder and Bon Appétit.
Favorite movie food moment: There may not be any food or drink, but I love the dancing in the café scene in Band of Outsiders.
Alia Akkam, Lara Belkin, April Bloomfield, Heather Christine Brown, Sara Cardace, Cameron Crowe, David Curtin, Andrea Cusick, Janine Desiderio, Charlotte Douglas, Maud Elizabeth Doyle, Kasey Fleisher Hickey, J. Fox, Samantha Gurrie, Diego Hadis, Eviana Hartman, Katherine Hubbard, Emily Kastner, Carrie King, Molly Langmuir, April Long, Nicole Michalek, Richard Morgan, Will Morley, Sarah Moroz, Erika Nakamura, Brian Outland, Joanna Prisco, Jeff Rutherford, Natalie Shukur, Laura Silverman, Holly Siegel, Rebecca Sinn Kelly, Piercarlo Valdesolo, Rebecca Willa Davis, Kate Williams, Stephanie Wu.
Favorite movie food moment: Cousin Eddie’s daughter Vicki stirring a pitcher of Kool-Aid with her arm and Clark’s dog pee-stained sandwich dance in National Lampoon’s Vacation.
Favorite movie food moment: Mouth-to-mouth egg yolk swapping (sexy!) in Tampopo and Steve Martin ordering wine in The Jerk—”Bring us some fresh wine, the freshest you’ve got. Something from this year; no more of this old stuff.”
Maggie Ruggiero and Molly Shuster
contributing recipe editors
Favorite movie food moment:
The Baby Ruth candybar floater pool scene in Caddyshack.
We’d like to give an extra special thanks to everyone who contributed their talent and time to this issue of Gather, particularly all those listed to the left. Plus, these other awesome folks for their endless support: the Outland family, the Valdesolo family, Nate Martinez, The Brothers Mueller, Janine Iversen, the entire Vamvounakis-Monaghan family with special shout-outs to Joan & Little Horse.
Ten percent of the profits from the sale of each issue of Gather Journal will be donated to Growing Chefs and The Food Bank for New York City. Growing Chefs (growingchefs.org), a farm-based education program was founded in 2005 with the goal of connecting people with their food from field to fork. The Food Bank for New York City (foodbanknyc.org) has been committed to providing hunger relief to people in the five boroughs since 1983.
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