Feed me zines, Seymour

Dear me, I love gobbling up zines. Did you know that there are kinda genres of zines out there in the world? Well, one of my faves is the cookzine category. I just love to cook and thumb through wee paper collections made by folks who also love food.

Some cookzines.

The cookzines pictured above are REFUEL: Veggie Recipes & Food for Thought by Paula Belina, Sweet Treats: A collection of vegan desserts by Janelle and the Head & Hands Young Parents Program “Vegetarian & Healthy Recipes for YOU!” zine. Others I’ve collected and enjoyed include the Ripe series by Jae Steele (now a published cookbook writer). I suppose I love the pragmatism and hominess of the cookzine genre best! Most of my cookzines are dedicated to vegan/vegetarian cuisine, perhaps due to the conscientious choices many folks in the “underground” seem more inclined to make about consumption and health.

The latest addition to this wing of my library is …and endless banquet‘s APQO, which is “the first in a series of “…an endless banquet” chapbooks, this short, firecracker red tome is dedicated to the pleasures of four fruit: the apple, the pear, the quince, and the orange (hence the title)“. So lovely! You have to cut the pages to read them, ala the old days when all books were like that.

They also sent fun postcards along with the zine, like this one:

Kind of like a zine: Madeleine who runs the afore-mentioned Young Parents Program made me this lovely cookbook to fill with my own recipes! She recycled an old library book, included some of her own recipes and made me cry when it was presented to me:

This is essentially ZINE WEEK in Montreal as the collective deadline that is EXPOZINE is this weekend. Be sure to check out the Zinester Show & Tell event on Friday night at the 2110 Centre. My band Nightwood will even be jumping into the fray setting up a little stand of Caravan tour zines on Sherwin Tjia‘s always-excellent table of wonders. Thanks to Sherwin for selling them for us! Be sure to also drop by the Lickety Split smut zine table to pluck up the latest and greatest!

Note to zinesters: I think that an excellent way to promote zines on-line is to make wee videos. Check this one out from Print Fetish for the food zine Put A Egg On It:

(Some) Zine Resources

Last but not least: my friend/filmmaker/professor/author Brett Kashmere has just published the second edition of INCITE! a journal of experimental media & radical aesthetics and the theme of the issue is Counter-Archive. Enjoy!

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