WORDS: KATE WEINER
IMAGE: KELLY CARÁMBULA
I first discovered Remedy Quarterly at the eclectic Reading Frenzy in Portland, OR. I immediately called up Nicole to tell her I'd found a magazine that inspires the same kind of playfulness and community that Loam intends to create. Remedy is a multimedia collection of food stories and recipes. The magazine's richly textured content is almost tactile to the touch; as I paged through the many photographs and illustrations, I felt as if I were devouring a four-course meal.
Eager to learn more about Remedy, I recently chatted with founder Kelly Carámbula about creating the space for food stories, curating the magazine, and collaborating with food illustrators and writers alike. She kindly took out time in her day to field my questions about how to grow an independent magazine--especially important as Loam sets out to publish our first print edition this fall (stay tuned!)
The seeds for Remedy started to take root when a friend of Kelly's approached her with the idea to create a compendium of home remedies after a crossing guard she often interacted with on her way to work shared a handmade cure for the cold. Kelly brought her passion for food and experience as a graphic designer to the project; after a successful Kickstarter campaign (the crew raised more than double their goal) Remedy launched in 2009. By Issue 2, however, it was just Kelly manning the magazine. She kept going, bringing Remedy with her when she moved from Brooklyn to the Bay Area.
As Editor and Designer, Kelly chooses submissions, curates content, and provides many of the illustrations for the magazine. She also decides on the theme for each issue of Remedy--such as "grow" or "share"--taking care to select topics that have "energy and momentum to them." She's committed to giving all kinds of people a place to share their stories. Part of what I love about Remedy is that it embraces diverse voices: regardless of the issue's theme, Remedy is, at its core, about community. From professional chefs to home cooks, from farmers to foodies, from skilled wordsmiths to novice writers, Remedy opens up the table to a varied crew of contributors.
Remedy is ultimately an immersive experience, one that reminds me that the most potent flavor combination is wholesome food and storytelling. "Food," Kelly shares, "is a remedy for feeling good." And I can think of no better pairing this hazy summer than a carton of just-picked blueberries and a dog-eared copy of Remedy.