However, Lucky Peach is at various turns both thoughtful and brash about food and food culture. It's irreverent but also unafraid to be smart or do in-depth research, which I love. In that sense, I can see the zine comparisons - but it's a zine that's gone through a polished production process - this is a large format glossy. No disrespect to photocopied zines - some of my favorite food zines are B&W. The topics, from street food to pork to actual recipes are well considered and interesting, relevant and timely - though it's still worthwhile to read an issue a year later.
With my limited budget for media, I might not choose to be a regular LP subscriber, but I really enjoy at least 3/4 of each issue quite a bit and am extra thankful I can get copies through the library.
The book would be good for animal lovers (since the main characters are animals), but the story could also give parents and kids a good starting point to talk about empathy, relationships, and many other very human things that are important but sometimes hard to discuss.