The final issue of Lucky Peach is about as good of a send off as we can ask for the quarterly magazine at its fraught and unexpected end. Billed as a double issue, the only new material in this volume comes at the beginning with brief backgrounds on how the cover designs came to be for every issue of LP, an inside look on magazine production, and the recurring restaurant recommendation column known as Atlas.
The rest of the issue is a “Best Of” collection of favorite pieces from the magazine’s 6 year run. You’ll find Anthony Bourdain’s personal and touching reflection on beach life from volume #12; Mark Ibold’s Potato Chips and Ramen Dip from volume #1; John Birdsall’s poignant piece, America, Your Food Is So Gay from volume #8; Fuchsia Dunlop’s equally humorous and serious Dick Soup from volume #8; This Must Be the Place by Jonathan Gold, a reflection on the sensuous and imperfect pleasure of street food from volume #10; and many other favorites.
It’s a sad but fitting send-off.
Color photographs and illustrations. Paper. Although unused, these copies show minimal shelfwear.