Unwasted: The Podcast

Reimagining Food Media With Compound Butter Magazine

August 25, 2020 Imperfect Foods
Unwasted: The Podcast
Reimagining Food Media With Compound Butter Magazine
Show Notes

What's it like to run a food magazine, anyway? 

After seeing a lack of representation of women in the food world they so admired, cousins Jessica and Jaya teamed up to create Compound Butter,  a new magazine all about food, art, and the surprising connections between them. 

From humble beginnings as a project in art school, Compound Butter has grown to a charmingly eclectic magazine with issue themes like "Booze Cruise," "Fantasy," and "Girls Club." 

In this episode Jaya and Jessica share: 

  1. What inspired them to start a food magazine and what it's actually like to run one in 2020
  2. Why the food world still has a long way to go in terms of gender equity
  3. Their take on the ongoing reckoning around cultural representation in food 
  4. Their favorite cookbooks, chefs, food writers, and more! 

Get ready for a candid glimpse behind the curtain of food media. 

Episode Show Notes:

  1. Learn more about Compound Butter on their website and Instagram
  2. Both Jaya and Jessica drew inspiration from the now-defunct Lucky Peach magazine
  3. Gabrielle Hamilton's story in the New York Times Magazine is a must-read to understand how the restaurant industry has been impacted by COVID-19
  4. Jaya and Jessica are proud to support charities including Everyone In, The Okra Project, The Authority CollectiveCheffing While Black, and the ACLU
  5. Jaya and Jessica are fans of chef Andrea Nguyen 
  6. Check out Vegetables Unleashed by Jose Andrés 
  7. We discussed the popularity and the merits of the Ooni pizza oven 
  8. We found video evidence of the scientific fact that all COVID commercials are the same 
  9. Khao Suey is a delicious Burmese chicken and coconut soup 
  10. Jaya and Jessica's go-to karaoke songs were "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia and "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey 
  11. If you like illustration and design, check out the work of illustrator Jillian Tamaki