Potluck is a really lovely little zine, it creates a place that allows everyone to tell their own personal stories about food and share in the joys that come along with it. It’s a place to document the family recipes, obsess over personal fascinations, and share the little memories you associate with your favourite meals. It’s a different kind of way to read about food, one that’s people-focused, diverse and enjoyable.
Potluck is created and edited by Rhia Cook, a passionate home cook and textile design graduate with no experience in hospitality or running a magazine. The first issue was started in May of 2020 on a whim. After going into lockdown at the end of March and spending pretty much every moment since that point reading, thinking about or making food, she got up one morning and put a call out for submissions for a zine about food. She wanted it to celebrate the act of preparing food, of sitting down together and sharing it and the way it brings people together. She asked for any work that could be printed on an A5 page to be sent over on the theme of “Cooking During Covid”.
That first issue got a response we certainly didn’t expect. It went from a seed of an idea to a publication with over 20 contributors from all across the UK and Ireland. They sold the first issue to raise money for The Trussell Trust, the charity that supports the majority of the UK’s food banks and raised £546 for them in the end.
Going forward, we want to build a community. We want to champion work that talks about food in interesting ways. We want to support our contributors to produce the best work they possibly can. We want to build a community that celebrates the importance of cooking, eating and sharing food with others.