Chickpea is an indie vegan lifestyle guide, for the anti-consumerist home cook in all of us. ‚úĆūüŹľ

Our issues are filled with evergreen recipes, DIY projects, personal stories, how-to guides, and articles on important topics. We're not a news magazine - think of us more like a timely, mini-cookbook/coffee table book.

Our print issues are made with gorgeous, thick matte paper, meant to last for years to come; our digital issues are easy to read on tablet, laptop, or computer alike.

Our Values

Our Values

Independence

Ads are everywhere we look in today's world; commoditizing every surface is something we as a society have gotten used to. People tell us all the time to just run ads in our mag to make money, saying "there's no way to avoid it" or "it's inevitable." We completely reject the idea of "having" to include ads in our pages. Why should you "have to" pay to buy a product (our magazine) and then pay AGAIN by having to look at ads on every page? Most magazines intrinsically link their content and ads, so that even though you may not be looking at a traditional ad, they're incorporating that product into their recipe or feature. Their content is anywhere from 40-75% advertising. (Yes, we checked.) We are not beholden to any company or sponsor, just to you - our readers. Every dollar we make is from the issues we sell, whether to stores or to you through our online shop.

Similarly, we do not believe in following a trend just to get more eyeballs on our pages and money in our pockets. Many popular magazines fall victim to fad diets, "wellness" healing, and product-based solutions to all your problems. (What is a chemical, anyway?) They appeal to the most insecure parts of ourselves so that they can sell you more fake medicine. We strive to give actionable, realistic advice based on things we've done in our own lives, without turning to pseudoscience - and do our best to give reputable sources for any claims we make.

Anti-Consumerism

Most magazines make content just to sell you something. That may be a product, an idea, or a lifestyle - ones you may not be able to afford, but desperately want because of the power of marketing. "Simple Magazine" may say it's simple, but it feeds you features meant to induce fear and anxiety so that you're more likely to buy - or at least, strive to buy. (In case you can't afford that top that costs $500.)

They jump on expensive trends, like bluetooth-enabled yoga pants (literally, this was in an issue of a major publication recently) for "wellness"'s sake, which feeds into the capitalistic cycle of insecurity>want>buy/can't afford>more insecurity.

We only include brand names rarely, when we have an absolute love for it and think you would benefit from our recommendation - not because we're paid to.

Our issues are designed to be evergreen - which means, they are not designed to add to our landfills as soon as you're done reading them. The content inside can be revisited at any time, or shared with a friend, or donated to your local library. We aim to make work that still applies five, ten, or decades in the future. (And try to match that with our printing quality.)

Community Base

Most magazines have large teams and departments for each aspect of their business. Chickpea has a core team of three people and a rotating crew of contributors.

While most magazines have an obsession with celebrity and big names to attract readers and money, we are only interested in the lives of those around us - meaning, the people we can actually relate to: our contributors, and our readers.

It's part of our core mission to have our content come from our readers. We were tired of seeing only polished professionals in every magazine we read, where the content ending up being quite homogenous. We actively look for contributors from all skill levels, all locations, all income levels, all genders, and all races. They are most often not only our writers and photographers, but our readers as well. (Head here to send in your ideas, if you want to work with us!)

We don't come from the publishing industry. We are artists and home cooks who are passionate about our work and our integrity. We may not know much about business or conversion rates, but we know how to share our stories and food with like-minded friends, and that's what matters to us.

Design Focus

The imagery we create is from independent artists, no cheesy stock photography or regurgitated photography from other cookbooks and blogs.

It may make us less business, but we don't include any of those annoying paper inserts to subscribe to our magazine in any of our pages. We want you to have a clean reading experience, with no distractions.

Our covers are designed to be beautiful on your coffee table, not just entice you to buy at the newsstand with provocative article titles.

Mainstream magazines cram tidbits of information into every nook and cranny in their layouts. Reading is supposed to be a source of rest, at least from our point of view. So we design our pages to have breathing room, our photographs are there to entice you to make our recipes, and nothing is too polished as to retain the humanity of our work.

Who We Are

cara livermore

Cara Livermore

Design & Content

manages contributors, runs social media, copy editing, leads the direction of & creates content, photography, lettering, layout design, printing

BY DAY
photo teacher, freelance photographer, lettering artist
Cara spends most of her time working, but when she's not she's decorating houses in The Sims or Animal Crossing.

LILY MAYMAC

Bob Lawton

Shipping & Customer Service

manages store partnerships, all the business stuff, answers customer emails and messages, troubleshoots problems, and ships every order we get

BY DAY
senior software engineer
Originally from PA, Bob uses his weekends to fix up his house and enjoy quality time with his three cats.

Our Contributors

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adinda de boer adindadeboer.com
agata deja foodpornveganstyle.blogspot.com
aileen mcgraw aileenmcgraw.com
alicia kennedy la-pirata.com
alicja rokicka wegannerd.blogspot.com
alex bachert alexbachert.com
alex gibbs alexgibbsphotos.com
alexander harvey invegetableswetrust.com
alge ramanauskiene instagram.com/alge_ram
ali metzger eatveganfood.com
alyssa kropp alyssakropp.com
allyson dwyer veggiebunny.com
amanda aldinger
amanda citarella bebeauty.org
amanda mcdowell
amber shea crawley almostveganchef.com
amy hebert elementseven.net
amy moore amymoorephotography.com
ann oliverio anunrefinedvegan.com
anna m. jurik myveganapron.blogspot.com
anna powell teeter annapowellteeter.com
anne brink
antonia magor antoniamagor.com
arthur ravenscrag thedrunkencoracle.tumblr.com
ashlae w. ohladycakes.com
ashley keys
austin bay teandstories.com
ava szajna-hopgood - shakeguacandroll.com

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beathe schieldrop medomhu.com
beatrice helman beatricehelman.com
becky hughes blairfoodproject.com
becky waddell becleanshop.com
beth cramer beth-fury.net
b.j. epstein awaywithwords.se
bree rody-mantha urban-garlic.com
briana prieto brinocheeze.substack.com

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cadey montana instagram.com/cadeyrobyn
caitlin keegan caitlinkeegan.com
callie waldman twitter.com/chefcallie
calvin d. eaton theglutenfreechefblog.com
camille becerra camillebecerra.tv
camilla zuleger zuleger.dk
cara shrock caraschrock.com
carmela bartilomo @ela_brat
carmen varner itscarmen.com
caroline macfarlane galgalz.ca
casey lister caseyjoylister.com
charlotte cox theteapotexplodes.co.uk
charlotte coy @cemcoy
chitra agrawal - abcdsofcooking.com & brooklyndelhi.com
christina anca - talesofakitchen.com
christina wilmowski paperbagblog.wordpress.com
christine desroches - mynaturalkitchenblog.com
corey wrenn - veganfeministnetwork.com
cori mattli
courtney west sweetmiscellany.com
cristin nelson cristinnelson.contently.com

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dakota kim twitter.com/dakotakim1
daniel oliver @danielxoliver
daria sulima cukiernia-marzen.blogspot.com
david gianadda
diana chow - herbivorewhore.tumblr.com
dianne wenz veggiegirl.com
dorota krysinska plantsontheplate.com
drew tyndell drewtyndell.com

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eleni ifigenia datecandy.blogspot.com
eline jeanne heartofatraveller.wordpress.com
elise esposito
eliza gladowska mystorkhouse.blogspot.com
elizabeth dunsby veggieeatsandothertreats.com
elli manoogian-o'dell byellim.com
emilie berthiaume wildhead.ca
emily diaczun emilydiaczunstyling.blogspot.com
emily grandy figandblack.com
emily stoker emilystoker.com
emily tapp cortadochronicles.wordpress.com
emma faesi hudelson emmahudelson.com
emy lynn emylynn.com
erik kallman thelivingcrock.tumblr.com
erin eberle nourishpdx.squarespace.com
esse elle thepeoplescookbook.tumblr.com
eva kosmas flores adventures-in-cooking.com
eve wolftrand
evonne bellefleur evonnebellefleur.com

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faye lessler sustaining.life

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gabriela iancu gabrielaiancu.com
garrett swenson garrettswenson.com
georgene h. nunn randomkitty.net
gina capotini heartybite.blogspot.com
gubb marit stigson maritsblogg.blogg.se



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hannah fuellenkemper hannahfk.com
hannah messinger nothingbutdelicious.squarespace.com
hannah stephenson chocolateandchickpeas.co.uk
harriet mcatee mollyily.wordpress.com
hayden seder avocadovegan.tumblr.com
heather crosby yumuniverse.com
heather poire sundaymorningbananapancakes.yummly.com
heather villa heathervillawrites.com
holly j coley
holly loftus loftusknives.com

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isabel ale senoritaelliot.es
isabel putinja isabelwrites.wordpress.com
isobelle o. vgan-jar.blogspot.com & flickr.com/photos/belle-iso

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jacalyn beales jacalynbeales.com
jackie sobon veganyackattack.com
jade degrio instagram.com/fantasticat
janet hudson veganfeast.com
jen bardekoff urbanfoodcrawl.com
jen fowler oldfamiliarway.com
jenna blazevich jennablazevich.com
jennifer busby jenniferbusby.com
jennifer sorrell thevegansprout.com
jess arnaudin jessarnaudin.com
jess jones instagram.com/jjessjjones
jessica bose alittlebaker.com
jessica gilgurd theoverflowingtable.wordpress.com
jessica hamm communitycomposting.org
jessica perlaza thekitchensofpinchanddash.com
jessica prescott wholygoodness.com
jillian lacasse theveggievillager.com
jocelyn lui thesechains.tumblr.com
jodi kay happyheartedkitchen.blogspot.com
john shep
julia gartland juliagartland.com
julia shaw
justyn ianucci justyniannucci.com
justyna ledwoch readeat.pl
juventina hahn

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kaavya ramesh
karine babayan feelingood.tumblr.com
k.i. hope kihope.com
karine brighten vegfoodevents.com & kbrightenevents.com
karlen chase instagram.com/thisiskarlen
karolina wiercigroch dine-dash.com & karolina-wiercigroch.com
kat franchino katfranchino.com
kat marshello kmarshello.com
kate dollarhyde earthquake-weather.com
kate weiner katerweiner.com
katherine ryan tobegreatful.tumblr.com
kathie lapcevic homespunseasonalliving.com
kathy hester healthyslowcooking.com
kayleigh baddeley-read deerlybelovedbakery.blogspot.com
kayleigh kosmas craftsandacat.com
keara mcgraw kearamcgrawcreative.com
kelly beth twig-leaf.com
kelly lin
kelsey cole kelseycole.com
kelsey davis
kendall lauren kendalllauren.com
kendy paxia - missmuffcake.com
kierstan peck nicandkier.blogspot.com
kim lightbody - kimlightbody.net
kittee berns - xgfx.org
kristen kamp instagram.com/kristenkamp
kristen nigro kristennigro.wordpress.com/portfolio
kristen perry instagram.com/kristenkperry
kristy cheung kristyjqcheung.com
krysten cooper - kitchencoop.ca
kyle beechey kylebeechey.com
kyra de vreeze kyraskitchen.com

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laura ryan veganheartbeats.com
laurel morley sweetlaurel.blogspot.com
lauren kodiak laurenkodiak.com
lauren montanaro spicedplate.blogspot.com
laurie sadowski lauriesadowski.com & theallergyfreecook.com
lea kralj jager smallfox.net
leigh-chantelle vivalavegan.net
lesley hobbs opentoabundance.com
line tscherning damgaard peaceloveveganfood.wordpress.com
lisa dawn angerame lisasprojectvegan.com
live fleischhacker livfleischhacker.com
lok yung yam
loren lieberthal
louise mullins twohungrybrits.wix.com/blog
lowe elvira bambi robertsdotter @sweetlillovemaker
luke garro - sweetlocalfarm.com
lysa chen - lysachen.com
lyudmila zotova - lyudmilazotova.com

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madeline tolle geography541.com
manon van der zwall manonvanderzwaal.com
mar calpena baixagastronomia.cat
marente van der valk
maria jose aguirre pita guirrepita.com
maria theres andersson
marie matter littlekitchie.com
marisa atula bitbybitwellness.com
margo morrill chefmargopage.com
marianna medynska coutellerie.pl
marlie centawer barefootandfrolicking.com
marta madigan przepisnaameryke.blogspot.com
marti sans & mircia pérez 365mm.cat/en/
mary councell
mati michael mywifeisvegan.com
megan cheney
megan cole megancolefreelancer.wordpress.com
meggan marie
meghan louttit theblackenedbrvnch.tumblr.com
meister thenervouscook.com
melanie hayes experiments-in-bliss.com
melanie manuel celesta.restaurant
melissa bechter vegenista.com
melissa meyer msmelissameyer.com
meredith napolitano salvegging.blogspot.com
miachel pruett spicedcuriosity.com
michael & masha theminimalistvegan.com
michelle cassar being-pall.com
mireille capiau mireillecapiau.nl
molly mackenzie @mmack12
morgan eccleston forealslife.com
morwenna calow veggieblackboard.com

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natalie rae good theveganette.blogspot.com
nelle clark nelleclark.com
nicole gallagher littledemon.org
nicole mackinnon nicollemackinnon.contently.com
nicole maree nicolemaree.com
nicole rivas nicolemrivas.com
nikki haney thetolerantvegan.com
noemi iza cocinadenihacc.wordpress.com

O olga zhukov instagram.com/xolgagax

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paige st. john patterson paigestjohn.com
paige schmidt paigeschmidt.com
pamela fergusson pamelafergusson.com
patty macrae
paula moore
penelope rose kitchenbeet.com

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rachael peskanov
rachel gerry
rachelle sartini garner rachellesartinigarner.com
rhiannon leifheit tyndell liebemarlene.com
richard de fino richarddefino.com
riia berg riiaeatsright.tumblr.com
rita patel
rocio graves letitbecosy.com

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sadie dempsey ambermoments.wordpress.com
samantha puc theverbalthing.com
sara lynn paige saralynnpaige.com
sarah mcminn thesweetlifeonline.com
sarah mcneil 400pencils.com
sarah smith thegardendeli.co.uk
sarah witman sarahwitman.com
sasha gora paperdollparade.blogspot.ca
sean james mackenney
selin jessa instagram.com/selinjessa
selva wohlgemuth poppiesandpapayas.blogspot.com
sevrenne sheppard instagram.com/sevrenne
shahla rashid myberkeleykitchen.com
sharon brenner recordsintheden.com
sharon lee hart farmanimalsanctuaryproject.com
shelly westerhausen vegetarianventures.com
sonja gaedicke sonja-g.tumblr.com
sophia real realsimplefood.wordpress.com
sophie parsons sophillustrates.com
stacey hoffer staceyannehoffer.com
steph buchanan vegfortworth.com
stephanie dreyer veegmama.com
stephanie dougherty greensageblog.com
stephanie redcross veganmainstream.com
stephanie mclean villano mykindcloset.com
steven matarazzo stevenmatarazzo.com
suniti rao instagram.com/sunitirao
susanne fortunato

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tara pelletier meowmeowtweet.com
taylor garritt instagram.com/taylbone
taylor hultquist cargocollective.com/taylorbryn
tiffany cadiz breadwithoutbutter.blogspot.com & writtenatrandom.tumblr.com
tiffany noe thislastwholeearth.tumblr.com
tricia otto madebyambrosia.com

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ula nice - polishvegetarian.blogspot.com & ulanice.blogspot.com

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valentina goltara sweetkabocha.com
valentina solfrini hortuscuisine.com
valeria necchio mylifelovefood.com
valery rizzo valeryrizzo.com
vanessa pastore hungryface.blogspot.com
veronica an allwritefornow.wordpress.com
veronica houk
veronica lavenia veronicalavenia.com
victoria p. davis vpdginger.tumblr.com

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wallace west wallacewest.com
wendy werneth thenomadicvegan.com

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yuan yishuai organicforms.tumblr.com