CHERRY BOMBE MAGAZINE
It’s the much-hyped foodie mag about women and, well, food. With fab girls and delicious recipes, Cherry Bombe is straight-from-the-oven hot. We spoke to Claudia Wu, one of the founders.
WHAT’S THE BUZZ ALL ABOUT?
Well, It’s a magazine about food and women. And it turned out that was quite unique. We were feeling that women were underrepresented in the press, and both loved and admired what food magazines like Lucky Peach, Kinfolk, Gather, etc. were doing. And so we wanted to do something along those lines, for people like us who grew up reading fashion magazines.
SO WHAT IS SO UNIQUE?
Think a mix of stylish people, fashion magazines and blogs and add food and you’ve got Cherry Bombe. (Basically it’s Garance Doré and Karlie Kloss, mixed with minted pea crostinis.)
The current issue is The Girl Crush Issue. Ruth Reichl, the former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and novelist, is on the cover. We have a Boy Crush story written by Del Posto’s pastry chef Brooks Headley. And we have interviews with [cookbook author] Dorie Greenspan and Judith Jones, who rescued The Diary of Anne Frank from the reject pile at Doubleday. She also was largely responsible for getting a then unknown Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking published.
THAT SOUNDS AMAZING. HOW ON EARTH DID THEY COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?
Cherry Bombe was originally supposed to be an annual magazine for a restaurant that Kerry Diamond, the other founder, owned with her boyfriend chef. And then it became more.
We both have backgrounds in magazines and met while we were both working at Harper’s Bazaar. Through a series of meetings, the restaurant magazine became something more than the original idea. The first issue was filled with a lot of people we already knew who had enough faith in us to believe we could make something they would be proud of.
Issue No. 4 of Cherry Bombe is “hopefully” out in October. Visit their website in the meantime.