Reviews by mariah
Easy to read, best new magazine I've read in awhile...
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Sometimes the tone of cooking and food magazines gets to me. Either they are so focused on health or so wrapped up in either domesticity/celebrity-chef-land that I can only read certain parts of the magazine, and then I roll my eyes and simply skip to the recipes.

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.
What divides us/what unites us
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A moving film about loss, identity, boundaries (of countries and people) and immigration. Extraordinarily written and acted.
Touching and well-written
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The format that the author uses -- breaking the story up into one-to-three-page bits, gives the book an extra thoughtfulness and gives readers a bit more time to pause and reflect. Although the book certainly has its sad parts, overall it is hopeful. I'd recommend it to 4th or 5th graders and up (including adults who are interested in well-written books for children).

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.