I am a girly-girl, but I have never really understood the idea of buying a magazine. Spending almost $10 on a thin glossy publication with more pictures than substance that I will get sick of in 13 minutes flat seemed like such a waste to me. I would much rather a book. I admit, I would occasionally get seduced by the food porn and pretty designs of Belle or Gourmet Traveller, but these follies were few, far between and regretted. But recently I stubbled across a new publication (well it’s 4 years old…but new for me). Mindfood won me over with its sleek white, unfussy design. Its cover girls are not who you’d always expect, people of substance like Merryl Streep, George Cloony (not a girl, but a damn fine cover specimen) and this month, Nigella Lawson (I will not lie, sometimes I wish I was her). This magazine keeps me enthralled for hours. No celebrity gossip or fashion which makes me feel like an out of touch 80 year old. Instead the pages are filled with recipes (some for the hips, some for the heart), health tips (which go beyond “take a panadol”) and gorgeous wearable fashion.
But there’s more!
There are sections on eco-design, the environment, exercise (with actual simple exercises you can do!), book reviews, stories about real people in your communities and a little positive thinking/light psychology thrown in for good measure. It has it all. The April issue kept me entertained for a whole afternoon, not a easy task.
I would highly recommend you give this one a go next time those glossy covers call to you.