Lucky Peach was a quarterly magazine published from 2011 to 2017, terminated abruptly, in no way due to lack of reader interest. Its effect on the food writing world can hardly be overstated, and its vanguard, iconoclastic style has yet to be rivaled by a successor.
Founded by chef David Chang—then at the height of his Momofuku fame—and editors Peter Meehan and Chris Ying with Anthony Bourdain’s media company, Zero Point Zero Productions, the magazine had a juggernaut of creative energy behind it.
Many recognizable names in food media graced its pages. Some, but certainly not all, worth mentioning: Priya Krishna, Laurie Woolever, John Birdsall, Fuchsia Dunlop, Andrea Nguyen, Dorie Greenspan, Naomi Duguid, Harold McGee, Genevieve Ko, and Robert Simonson. LP saw the meteoric rise of many of its contributors—and the fall into infamy of others.
Pushing the envelope but never falling into gimmickry, the magazine had real substance in addition to a zany design and irreverent tone. LP was undeniably cool and remains influential on the next generation of writers and artists.
The popularity of Lucky Peach hasn’t waned much in the 5 years since it folded, and we regularly have requests for various issues. It took some work, but we have put together a complete set of all 24 issues in Very Good condition.
Essential reading for just about anybody.