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Alimetnum author in Best Food Writing 2014 
edited by Holly Hughes | September, 2014

"The Right to Eat" by JT Torres has been included in this year's anthology. For fourteen years, the crème de la crème of the year’s food writing has been served up in Best Food Writing—and the 2014 edition is no different. Celebrating the tastiest prose of the year, Best Food Writing once again offers a range of voices, from the stars of the food writing world to James Beard Award-winning chefs, bestselling authors to up-and-coming bloggers. With new sections devoted to “A Table for Everyone” and “Back to Basics,” you’ll find every course served up: the cutting-edge, the thoughtful, the provocative, and the hilarious—a smorgasbord of treats for the foodie in all of us.


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Alimentum Goes Monthly and Plans a Tour of Venice
by Chris Chamberlain | April 2, 2013

Paulette Licitra seems to be everywhere lately. I was watching the midday show on channel $ last week, and there she was, doing a cooking segment. Then later in the show, she appeared with her husband Duane Spencer singing a song as a performing duet they call Duette. I don't know when she has time to do all this, in addition to her cooking classes at Cucina Paradiso, because earlier this year she ramped up to monthly distribution of Alimentum, the food-based literary journal she publishes.
[Full story] [and tour details. Join us!]


"but I wondered: why not a journal that was food all the time?" 
by Tanya Angell Allen | July 24, 2012

The biannual Alimentum: The Literature of Food is a passionate, aesthetically pleasing print magazine filled with poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. It has been lauded in such places as the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Times Literary Supplement. In 2010 it won Gourmand’s International World Cookbook award for “Best Food Magazine in the World.” In July 2012 it will become on-line only. [Full article]


Chef-editor Paulette Licitra serves up Alimentum, the first literary review dedicated entirely to food  by Paul V. Griffith | July 5, 2012

In the last ten years, foodie culture has exploded. One look at the magazine rack or cable guide, and it’s obvious that the food-as-entertainment business is booming. From home chefs and party hosts to gastronomic adventurers and competitive gluttons, there’s something, it seems, for everyone. But in this universe of so-called food porn, precious little attention is paid to creative writing about food. Into the gap has jumped Alimentum: The Literature of Food, the first literary journal dedicated exclusively to themes of table, kitchen, market, and sustenance. In its pages—and in a revamped website, launching today—food becomes a savory (or sweet) organizing principle that writers can apply to themes as wide as human experience itself. [Full article]


16 Great Under-The-Radar Food Magazines Literary Magazine Reviews 
by Carey Polis | May 16, 2012

Alimentum is a literary review about food. If you like food-rich descriptions of travel and place, with some poetry mixed in, then this is the journal for you. It's the type of magazine you want to read before going to bed, or on a lazy Sunday, preferably with a cup of tea nearby. [Full article]


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_____________________ logoLiterary Magazine Reviews  by Jennifer Vande Zande | August 30, 2011

Admittedly, I was smitten with the idea behind this summer’s issue of Alimentum long before I’d had the opportunity to read it. This biannual literary journal, which dedicates itself to the subject of food, has gathered together work for its twelfth issue with a focus on food memories. Whether they are good—that first icy Bombpop of summer—or perhaps, not so good—think glace fish mold—we all have them. The editors at Alimentum have chosen carefully its ensemble of voices for this issue. Collectively, they offer up a very soulful celebration of first foods. [Full article]


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Leave Your Passport at Home
by Chris Chamberlain | August 22, 2011

Paulette Licitra is a real local treasure. Not only is she the publisher of Alimentum, a journal about food that attracts contributors from all over the country, she also teaches wonderfully entertaining Italian cooking classes in her home and leads gastrotourists on eating and writing tours of places like New York City and Rome.

But if you're not able to pony up for airfare and lodging, Paulette and local food blogger Annakate Tefft have come up with a way for us locals to take a tour of such culinary delicacies as Ethiopian injera, Turkish stuffed grape leaves, Kurdish flatbread, Thai-style curry, Mexican tongue tacos and Indian chutney without ever leaving the 37211 zipcode. On Sept. 17, they will be leading a small group of intrepid globetrotters on a daylong tour of Turkish cafes, Iraqi bakeries and ethnic markets.
[Full story] [and tour details. Join us!]


Heritage Radio logoThe Food Seen  hosted by Michael Harlan Turkell | first aired May 31, 2011

A Heritage Radio weekly show, The Food Seen cools it down a bit, far away from the BBQ’s and hot stoves, and relaxes with a reading from Alimentum, The Literature of Food. Editor Paulette Licitra and contributors Sophie Menin and Carly Sachs discuss food writing in all it’s forms, be it poetry and/or prose, from love over old wine to the supermarket line. Visit The Food Scene's website to listen in! (Scroll down, below the Alimentum covers, to listen to the entire episode or excerpts.)

_____________________ logoLiterary Magazine Reviews  by Sima Rabinowitz | February 28, 2011

Alimentum toasts its 5th anniversary with tasty bites from members who regularly sit around its table: Fiction/Nonfiction Editor and Art Director Peter Selgin, Web Editor Eric LeMay, Managing Editor Duane Spencer, Poetry Editor Cortney Davis, Assistant Web Editor Ruth Polleys, Art Director Claudia Carlson, Menupoems Editor Esther Cohen, and Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Paulette Licitra each deliver a morsel. Every course on the menu is nutritious and filling in its own way, but one of my favorites is Selgin’s “The Muffin Man,” a history of and personal treatise about his relationship . . . [Full article]

_____________________ logoNewPages Blog  by Denise | December 21, 2010

On Halloween weekend, Alimentum editors Esther Cohen and Paulette Licitra led a group of writers through the hidden gems of New York's neighborhoods, exploring the ways that food and words inspire each other as part of their series, Eat These Words. (And they posted the featurette video, too!)


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by Lisa Shively | September 16, 2010

Food defines our individual culture and sense of place. One person’s comfort food can be an aversion to another. Food, both figurative and metaphorically, is the seed of this thought-provoking and nourishing collection of prose and poetry. Alimentum is a beautifully produced twice yearly journal. This past summer’s issue has little moments with cheese puffs, yoghurt, broccoli rabe, tapas, and cooking moong dal. I agree with a recent reviewer in The New York Times who wrote, “A journal small enough to carry with you for mental and aesthetic nourishment breaks.”


The Writer Magazine logoLiterary Spotlight: Alimentum
by Melissa Hart | September 2010

In 2005, writer and chef Paulette Lucitra noticed several literary journals published food-themed issues and thought, "Why not all food all the time?" She put out a call for food-related fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and "an avalanche of material came in." [Full article].


GOOD logoThe Eight Food Magazines You Should Read Now
by Peter Smith | August 23, 2010

While more and more magazines might be headed towards digital content innovations aimed capturing the massive amounts of food-centric user-generated content on the internet, there’s a bumper crop of smaller, lesser-known publications, many of them independently produced, that are dedicated to producing high-quality food writing on paper. (Alimentum's included in a bunch of other favorites!)


HuffintonPost logoFood Magazines and Periodicals Rundown
by Joe Daly and Colin Sterling | July 22, 2010

Despite the hand-wringing over the folding of Gourmet in 2009, many food magazines are doing quite well, and many more publications are out there than you might have known, from ad-free periodicals with spectacular writing and images...(and Alimentum appears among other stellar mentions on this list!)


The Kitchn logoCan You Recommend Some New Food Magazines?
from Good Questions, moderated by Faith Durand | April 1, 2010 are a few we enjoy! Some of these are less magazines and more food journals, with less photography and more writing. (Alimentum makes the top five!)


edible Manhattan logoMark Kurlansky’s Mushroom Menupoem!
by Rachel Wharton | April 8, 2010

It’s national poetry month, and for the third year in a row the little (literally) literary quarterly called Alimentum: The Literature of offering up 13 lovely menupoems. Written by scribes like Emily Stokes, Catherine Harnett and Paul S. Piper, they cover subjects like grapefruit, mangos, the perfect cake, eating ants and mushrooms, the latter a poem called "Ode to a Mushroom in four four time in a ruined city" penned by author Mark Kurlansky...[more]

_____________________ logoLiterary Magazine Reviews  by Melinda Rich | April 1, 2010

Like a still life painting, the fiction pieces, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, interviews, and illustrations gathered in this issue [Alimentum Issue 9, Winter 2010] are artfully placed to bring each piece into the best light. With no distinct sections, the flow of one genre into the next allows us to savor the changing role of food from work to work. Beginning with the cover art, “Pie Wrangler” by Marilyn Murphy, which depicts a cowboy of sorts struggles to keep the massive piece of pie he has roped from carrying him skyward, this issue is interested in the everyday and sometimes playful mixture of food and experience, the various forms of appetite and consumption, and food memories we attach to the senses. [more]


Gourmand Best in World logo Wow! We just got word that Alimentum won Best Food Magazine in the World from the Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards!! We're waiting for them to upload all the news on their website...stay posted and we'll fill you in when we get all the details... In the WORLD? Holy Swiss Cheese!


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Re-Vision and the Light of Reason by Adele N. Anessi | March 1, 2010

Red Room Member Profile: Meet multiple award-winning nurse poet Cortney Davis. Also the poetry editor for Alimentum literary journal, Cortney has authored Leopold's Maneuvers and a number of poetry books. Her latest book is a series of essays, entitled The Heart's Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing. [more]


Gourmand logoGourmand World Cookbook Awards 2010 has named Alimentum the U.S. winner in the category Best Bookazine. Winners from various countries will compete for the Gourmand Best in the World competition. Results to be announced at the Paris Cookbook Fair in February 2010.


QuoteSnack logoFirst Look at Alimentum by Elizabeth Able | December 21, 2009

This morning, I’m serving up the first QuoteSnack Out Loud. I’m introducing you to Alimentum, a literary journal of food. [more]


New York Book Show logoAlimentum won First Place for Design General Trade/Quality Paperback category at the 2008 and 2009 New York Book Shows. [more]


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Alimentum: Open Wide by Leah Rovner | March 16, 2009

I found Alimentum: The Literature of Food to be the rare gem experienced food readers were missing. It is a journal of many literary forms that avoid monotonous sections on the "latest autumnal sweets" and absolve their audience of any responsibility to pity the hard-working gourmand and his quest to name the next food trend. While I find nothing wrong in using magazines for recipes and unique suggestions, Alimentum offers a new way to intrigue even the well-seasoned food guru. [more]


National Post logoFood, meet Literature. Literature, meet Food. Now go and play.
by Vanessa Farquharson | January 5, 2009

Reading and eating are two of life's greatest pleasures, and they go together perfectly (well, providing you can hold your fork in one hand while cradling a book in the other... er, metaphorically speaking, of course). This explains why food writing continues to be so popular and why magazines such as Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit will probably never fold. But as the population of self-professed foodies and amateur oenophiles increases, so too does the demand for literature that goes beyond a boring review of another Australian shiraz or recipe for butternut squash soup. [more]

Enter Alimentum...

____________________ logoThe Poetry of Food by James Norton | January 2, 2009

If you needed to use just one word to describe why it’s rewarding to go beyond Gourmet, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit for food writing, it might be “soul.” Cooking, serving, and eating are among the most intimate and primal things we do on a day-to-day basis, and it’s hard to find food writing that really makes an effort to pry open the safe of the heart.

But journals like Alimentum, which dedicates itself to “the literature of food,” do just that. [more]


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Dinner, and a Side of Poetry by Desiree Cooper | April 26, 2008

This is the last weekend of April, which is also National Poetry Month. Alimentum, a literary journal all about food, chose to celebrate the month with food poetry. For the second year in a row, they distributed a menu of poems to New York City restaurants and cafes.

We visited some of the eateries to see what people thought about getting their meal with a side of verse. [more]


ForeWord Magazine logoNY BOOK SHOW CELEBRATES INDIES | March 26, 2008

The New York Bookbinders Guild, founded in 1926, is the oldest and largest book production association in the country. This year in its twenty-second annual New York Book Show, it expanded its reach to invite small and independent presses to submit entries.

Alimentum: First place in General Trade, Quality Paperback Series: Alimentum: The Literature of Food. A twice-yearly subscription journal and paperback series, self-described as “the first-ever literary review devoted to the subject of food: original fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.”

____________________ logoLiterary Magazine Reviews  by Camilla S. Medders | March 19, 2008

Alimentum publishes “the literature of food.” When I first opened this magazine, I thought I knew what that meant. Poems about sandwiches, maybe, sentimental stories about grandma’s cherry pie. I thought that, at best, this magazine would succeed in making me hungry. Boy was I wrong. Almost from the first page, reading this magazine was an educational experience. I learned all kinds of interesting things about food, but more importantly, I learned something about the power of good writing.

Literature about food has the somewhat clichéd task of making the ordinary extraordinary, and in order to do this well, the writing itself must be extraordinary. Alimentum certainly lives up to this task, infusing the subject of food with all levels of meaning. In Tzivia Gover’s recipe poem, “Lunch,” a mother only half-ironically compares her picky child to a Zen master, explaining that “her mouth is a portal of refusal; her belly a tidy receptacle of light and emptiness.” Stephen Gibson’s “Ghazal at the Hotel Ai Mori d’Oriente” contrasts a grisly scene from the Iraq war with a vacation breakfast: “I was looking at the mini-croissants and the provolone half-moon cheese slices / And cut strawberries and thinking it looked like art, when the soldier killed him.”
Of the short stories, my favorite is “Milk,” by Lisa Allen, which uses a post-funeral meal to illustrate the dynamics of a wounded family. I also enjoyed Toshiya Kamei’s translation of “Carrots,” by Ryuischiro Utsumi, a sweet story about an old woman who is rescued from loneliness by a root vegetable.

Overall, though, I enjoyed the essays the most. “Hoosh” by Jason Anthony is a long, entrancing discussion of food, or lack of it, in the Antarctic. In “Pain Americain,” Bonnie Lee Black describes her job teaching African women to cook nutrient-rich bread.

The pieces I’ve mentioned here are only a taste of the feast inside the pages of Alimentum. When I put down this magazine, I didn’t feel hungry at all. I was completely satisfied.


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Alimentum, Cookbook of the Day by Marisa McClellan | February 12, 2008

Here's another one that isn't exactly a cookbook, but it is a publication about food that I thought many of you might be interested in. It is called Alimentum and it is a literary journal devoted to food writing. It is published twice a year and includes poetry, essays, short stories and other creative pieces that in some way relate to food, eating and cooking. A few of the contributors also include recipes with their submissions, which tips the balance (at least in my mind) into the cookbook camp. [more]


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Bronx Kitchen with a Point of View
by Janet Cranshaw | Issue 38 (October/November 2007)

The biannual journal brings food writing into the literary arts circle, mingling fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction from such writers as Mark Kurlansky, Clifford Wright and Oliver Sacks, with witty illustrations and insightful interviews. Now in its third year, Alimentum was cooked up by [Paulette] Licitra at the table in her snug Bronx apartment kitchen. [more]


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NB by J. C. | January 26, 2007

Since food became "cultural", it has been the fashionable thing to add recipes to a piece of writing.... For recipe poetry, we recommend the New York journal Alimentum, the latest issue of which contains works such as "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Nantucket Bay Scallop" and "How To Eat a Pet".


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Media Watch by Robin Maher Jenkins | September 11, 2006

Alimentum – The Literature of food is a pocket-sized twice-annual literary journal with Paulette Licitra at the helm and Peter Selgin as editor. The pieces provide wonderfully thought-provoking snacking, best taken a nibble at a time to prolong the pleasure...

_____________________ logoReading: Alimentum, the Literature of Food
by Makiko Itoh | July 31, 2006

Imagine my joy to discover there’s a journal dedicated to “The Literature of Food.”….Alimentum is not your run of the mill food magazine. It has the size and form of a trade paperback, with attractive cover and spine so that you can keep the issues on your bookshelf to read over and over again. The articles are like a feast of plenty for someone like me who loves great food writing. There are non-fiction pieces, short stories and poems. Some of the pieces made me laugh out loud, some made me think, and some brought a lump to my throat. They reminded me, as re-reading M.F.K. Fisher does, that food is about nourishment and pain and sex and love and memories and adventures and a whole lot else. As Paulette Licitra says in the Publisher’s Preface to the first issue: 

Because I love literature and I love food, when I read about food I want more than a recipe list, more then a restaurant critique, more than a description of exotic cuisines in faraway places. I know that food has a personal presence in our lives – it’s not just a matter of taste and culture. Food also simmers in our hearts – like music, nature, and dreams.


____________________ logoLiterary Magazine Reviews by Sima Rabinowitz | July 3, 2006

Don't read Alimentum when you're hungry! On the second thought, read it when you're very hungry—it will satisfy your appetite for good writing, as well as for good food (not to mention spirits). I was reading Sophie Helen Menin's personal essay, "First Growth—An Essay on Love and Wine" on the bus and nearly leaped off, several blocks before my stop, when we passed a wine shop. Her essay about the wines her husband collects, and which they both savor, had me nearly desperate for a bottle of Barolo. Who knew it was possible to write such mouth watering fiction, or scrumptious poetry, or savory essays as the many appetizing works here by Michele Battiste, Patsy Anne Bickerstaff, and Jehanne Dubrow. Alimentum is more than luscious descriptions of great meals and the emotions they inspire, more than a whiff of fine coffee. There are mouthfuls of grief, platefuls of philosophical musing, abundant soul searching, a smattering of family history, and even a culinary folktale. In some of these stories, poems, and essays, food itself is the main course, while in others, food is more like the trays of hors d'oeuvres at a busy and engaging event—you're aware of them, but the characters you're meeting are more important than what they're popping in their mouths. One of these characters is novelist Joanne Harris, interviewed in this issue. Food appears in so much of her work, she says, because "if you are writing about people, and that's really what I do write about, then a number of universals will come out of that and one of them is eating because, you know, everybody eats." I liked everything in this issue, from Elisa Albo's wholesome poem to Sandy McIntosh's biting "Escape from the Fat Farm." If you are, indeed, hungry while you're reading this issue, wait until you've finished before digging into Lynn Levin's "How to Eat A Pet: A Gastronomic Adventure in the Andes."


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Literary MagNet by Kevin Larimer | March 1, 2006

Ever since Proust chomped down on his Madeleine, food has been a common go-to for writers seeking some high-caloric inspiration, but publisher Paulette Licitra’s biannual Alimentum might be the first journal dedicated exclusively to “the literature of food.” [more]


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FOOD STUFF; Thoughts on Food, For Those Who Like to Digest Ideas
by Florence Fabricant | November 30, 2005

Alimentum, a new journal about food, is small enough to carry with you for mental and aesthetic nourishment breaks. Paulette Licitra, the publisher and editor, has gathered the prose, poetry and nonfiction of 29 writers, few of whom are food writers but all of whom have something distinct to say.

"Chutney" is a recipe in verse by Elizabeth Weir, an award-winning poet. Oliver Sacks reveals a problem of overindulging on pineapples in "Hawaiian Tooth." And in the poem "Chinese Restaurant Suite," Richard M. Berlin writes about "Dim Sum for One":

Waiters cart chow mei, spring rolls,
shrimp buns and broccoli
in portions of three or four,
all grown cold before they reach me ...


____________________ logoby Rachel Seow

What sets the biannual apart from other printed foodie periodicals is its content. The reader won’t find recipes but fiction, poetry, and essays by an eclectic assortment of writers. And while the focus is assuredly food-centric, what’s served between the pages isn’t just what’s on your plate.


NY Daily News logoPretty Tasty Pages by Rachel Wharton

This tiny tome is for those who love the literary side of the table. In between quirky drawings and famous quips – “Red meat is not bad for you,” says comedian Tommy Smothers, ”now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you!” – are fiction, memoirs and other food-related tales.