184 pages – Quarterly
Lunch Lady Magazine Lunch Lady is a magazine where parenting is not taken too seriously but a balanced approach to family life is. Colourful, thoughtful and full-of-cheek, it reminds parents to keep things in perspective and have fun. It’s a beautifully printed kitchen keepsake full of recipes, inspiring family stories, photography, art + kids cooking ideas and funny relatable opinion pieces about the ups and downs of raising children. Who is behind it? Editor (+ mum of 2) Kate Berry has worked as a freelance photographer and designer in agencies for over 20 years. She also owned and ran a successful Melbourne café. The Lunch Lady blog launched in late 2013 after her then nine-year-old daughter was bullied at school for eating homemade lunches. At the time Kate hoped to inspire parents to make delicious lunches for their children as well as help her daughter get her spark back. Creative Director (+ mum of 2) Lara Burke and Editorial Director (+ mum of 3) Louise Bannister are magazine makers by trade. Their first printed success was frankie magazine, a title they co-founded and produced from 2004 – 2014. Other successful titles they created include Smith Journal and SPACES. In 2014 the duo started an independent publishing company, We Print Nice Things. Shortly after stumbling across the Lunch Lady blog they teamed up with Kate and created Lunch Lady magazine – a quarterly publication about food + family. This issue is HUGE and packed with many good things for the holidays. There are paper dolls to cut-out and play with + zines to create! There’s a tonne of excellent, helpful parenting reads including how to sort out sibling rivalry and grow tiny humans into excellent adults. There are recipes from the one and only Hetty Mckinnon (remember her rad book Community?), a load of easy snacks to make on the go plus and inspiring chat with refugee turned Community Leader Mariam Issa and First Nations elders MK and Leonie, founders of Children’s Ground.