Swill is a gloriously large-format new magazine about food, eating and restaurant culture (and the bright and kooky people behind them). Published by the company behind a group of restaurants in Sydney.
Reading through it is almost like watching an episode of David Chang’s (ex-Lucky Peach) Ugly Delicious. It’s highly visual, full of great characters and captivating visuals, including this issue actor Stanley Tucci, longtime John Waters collaborator Vincent Peranio, Michelin-starred chef David Thompson and chef Paul Carmichael.
This is their (much-anticipated) second issue.
Think of this edition as the print-equivalent of a long lunch, starting with a series of treats from chef Paul Carmichael’s childhood in the Caribbean, shot by Lauren Bamford in the style of a Women’s Weekly cookbook, circa 1972. Longtime John Waters collaborator Vincent Peranio talks about Baltimore Happenings through the 60s and 70s. For the main course, we travel to Mexico to view one of the world’s most engrossing cities through the eyes of its signature sandwiches. Author Michael Pollan writes about his experience with mescaline and Michelin-starred chef David Thompson schools us on Thai cookery. Enjoy a side serve of the Greek Islands, told through the lens of photographer Ellen Virgona, and then there’s dessert. Mr Stanley Tucci on his love of vacuuming and his hatred of the timpano they served in his 1997 film, Big Night. There’s plenty more, high to low, near to far, and all kinds of ridiculous.