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Introducing TASTE

An Online Magazine for Today's Home Cook Launches



(February 7, 2017, New York, NY)TASTE (, an online food magazine publishing unique and original editorial content focusing on the world of home cooking, launches today. TASTE will explore the influences, ideas, and inspiration that enrich the experience of cooking at home through feature articles, approachable recipes, and stories.

An independent publication launched in partnership with the Crown Publishing Group, TASTE will feature writing, photography, and illustrations from a diverse pool of talent—from the universe of professional cooking, food journalism, and beyond. Matt Rodbard will direct TASTE’s editorial vision, strategy, and content development as Editor in Chief. Rodbard is a former executive editor of Food Republic, a publication he helped launch and publish from 2011 to 2015.  His writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appétit, Saveur, Travel & Leisure, GQ, Lucky Peach, Vice Munchies, and Fodor’s.  He is also the co-author of the New York Times bestselling book Koreatown: A Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, 2016).

Contributing editors to TASTE include Rachel Khong, former executive editor of Lucky Peach, and J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest.  Web and brand development—in collaboration with Boston-based creative studio Upstatement, LLC—and direct-to-consumer marketing strategies are spearheaded by the Community Development team at Crown, led by Kate Rados, Vice President, Director, Community Development.

“America is a diverse place, and people of all backgrounds are cooking from a wide range of cultures,” said Rodbard. “Fish sauce, za’atar, chipotle, ’nduja, Chinese black vinegar, pomegranate molasses, kimchi—these are some of the new ingredients that are found in the modern American pantry, and TASTE will publish stories that clarify and celebrate this exciting evolution.”   

Like PUNCH, the James Beard Award–winning online drinks and culture magazine recognized for its rich narrative journalism and developed in partnership with Crown Publishing’s Ten Speed Press imprint, TASTE will bring depth and distinction to its coverage of food and cooking. The editorial vision for TASTE will focus on stories reported from around the world (“During Denmark’s Dark and Hungry Winter, Hygge Is More Than a Comfy Sweater”); the ritual of home cooking (“The Art of Malaysian Meat on a Stick”); trends in cooking (“Fast Is the New Slow: Instant Pots Are Changing the Way We Cook”); and food culture (“Cold Fried Chicken in the 2 Broke Girls Writers’ Room”), as well as profiles on authors, chefs, home cooks, and more. 

 Lorena Jones, a widely respected lifestyle editor and publisher specializing in cookbooks, oversees both TASTE and PUNCH. She is Vice President, Ten Speed Press, and Publisher of her eponymous new imprint with them, Lorena Jones Books. “Under Matt Rodbard’s direction, TASTE will offer a new dimension—and increased access to talent—for all who consider cooking at home an essential part of their lifestyle,” she said.

While TASTE is a new brand, the launch of the publication signifies a transition from Tastebook—a popular online community spearheaded by the Crown Publishing Group that cultivated an engaged readership of home cooks and cookbook lovers. At the time of launch, TASTE will have an established audience: close to 1 million email newsletter subscriptions and 235,000 followers across social media.


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