RENDER is a quarterly print publication and online community on a mission to look at food culture through a feminist lens. We’re a team of people who love food and food writing, but we’re disappointed in many of the food magazines currently on the market.
We developed RENDER to challenge stereotypes and overturn outdated ideas in traditional food media. By providing a creative, intelligent, and fresh perspective, we want to engage our readers by representing the diversity inherent in food culture. RENDER aims to provide a space for people to discuss their complex cultural and personal relationships with food.
The magazine is intended for a new generation of thinkers who want to critically analyze food culture while still taking its enjoyment very seriously. Speaking to an audience of both food insiders and outsiders, we fill the gap in contemporary food writing by publishing what other magazines ignore and reject. RENDER goes beyond a focus on artistry and technique in food media to develop a conversation devoted not just to taste, but to depth.
RENDER started as a thesis project for Portland-based illustrator and aspiring butcher, Gabi de León, while she was a student at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Gabi worked under Bitch Magazine’s Art Director, Kristin Rogers Brown, to develop a design-oriented magazine that approached food from both a critical and fun feminist perspective. She quickly discovered that lots of other people were interested in the project and Render: Feminist Food and Culture Quarterly became a living, breathing print and online publication.
Gabi teamed up with Danielle Knott to develop a plan that would allow her to officially launch the print magazine. Danielle studied history, gender and women studies, and entrepreneurship at the University of Portland. She quickly fell in love with the idea of RENDER, since it combined her love for food, feminism, and independent publishing.
With the creative and operational sides covered, Gabi and Danielle sought to fill the chief editorial position and were approached by Dr. Lisa C. Knisely. Dr. Knisely earned her doctorate in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from Emory University in 2011, where her research focus was continental feminist ethics. After completing her degree, Lisa moved to Portland, interned at Bitch as their editorial intern, and started teaching at PNCA, where she heard about RENDER. As a wine and coffee enthusiast and a freelance food writer, Lisa knew right away she wanted to join the RENDER team.
The team immediately began working on putting together the first issue, the FLESH issue. Many talented writers stepped up to write for the first issue, as well as some renowned chefs and food bloggers who contributed recipes. From there, RENDER completed a very successful Kickstarter to raise money to print and distribute the FLESH issue, which will be released on Sept. 1st.
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Press and Media inquiries can be directed to Danielle Knot: Danielle@renderoodmag.com
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