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.


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.

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.