The Origins of a Feminist Food Quarterly

Cosmopolitan senior political writer Jill Filipovic recently sat down with the principals responsible for new food and culture quarterly Render: founder and creative director Gabi de Leon; executive director Danielle Knott; and editor-in-chief Lisa Knisely.

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De Leon, who is based in the rising food mecca of Portland, Oregon, kicked off the conversation with some candid, personal information about the spark for the publication:

Render is the product of my four years spent confronting my disordered eating while attending Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). I developed anorexia in my first semester and recovered before my second semester, but that didn’t mean that I was “better” or that I was eating like ‘normal.'”

“My eating habits continued to be, to this day, very disordered — that is, obsessive, restrictive and extremely stressful… Women’s representation in food culture is what led me to the magazine’s title, Render. I wanted to change the way women were “rendered” — portrayed and depicted — in food culture. Render is a food word, and it also alludes to how you create an artwork, and I was an art student, so I thought it was clever.”

The Render trio is currently open to pitches for three sections of the magazine. Read the Contributor Guidelines here, and the rest of Filiovic’s Q&A here.

[Image via: renderfoodmag.com]