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

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


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.


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

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.


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

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

adinda de boer
agata deja
aileen mcgraw
alicia kennedy
alicja rokicka
alex bachert
alex gibbs
alexander harvey
alge ramanauskiene
ali metzger
alyssa kropp
allyson dwyer
amanda aldinger
amanda citarella
amanda mcdowell
amber shea crawley
amy hebert
amy moore
ann oliverio
anna m. jurik
anna powell teeter
anne brink
antonia magor
arthur ravenscrag
ashlae w.
ashley keys
austin bay
ava szajna-hopgood -

beathe schieldrop
beatrice helman
becky hughes
becky waddell
beth cramer
b.j. epstein
bree rody-mantha
briana prieto

cadey montana
caitlin keegan
callie waldman
calvin d. eaton
camille becerra
camilla zuleger
cara shrock
carmela bartilomo @ela_brat
carmen varner
caroline macfarlane
casey lister
charlotte cox
charlotte coy @cemcoy
chitra agrawal - &
christina anca -
christina wilmowski
christine desroches -
corey wrenn -
cori mattli
courtney west
cristin nelson

dakota kim
daniel oliver @danielxoliver
daria sulima
david gianadda
diana chow -
dianne wenz
dorota krysinska
drew tyndell

eleni ifigenia
eline jeanne
elise esposito
eliza gladowska
elizabeth dunsby
elli manoogian-o'dell
emilie berthiaume
emily diaczun
emily grandy
emily stoker
emily tapp
emma faesi hudelson
emy lynn
erik kallman
erin eberle
esse elle
eva kosmas flores
eve wolftrand
evonne bellefleur

faye lessler

gabriela iancu
garrett swenson
georgene h. nunn
gina capotini
gubb marit stigson

hannah fuellenkemper
hannah messinger
hannah stephenson
harriet mcatee
hayden seder
heather crosby
heather poire
heather villa
holly j coley
holly loftus

isabel ale
isabel putinja
isobelle o. &

jacalyn beales
jackie sobon
jade degrio
janet hudson
jen bardekoff
jen fowler
jenna blazevich
jennifer busby
jennifer sorrell
jess arnaudin
jess jones
jessica bose
jessica gilgurd
jessica hamm
jessica perlaza
jessica prescott
jillian lacasse
jocelyn lui
jodi kay
john shep
julia gartland
julia shaw
justyn ianucci
justyna ledwoch
juventina hahn

kaavya ramesh
karine babayan
k.i. hope
karine brighten &
karlen chase
karolina wiercigroch &
kat franchino
kat marshello
kate dollarhyde
kate weiner
katherine ryan
kathie lapcevic
kathy hester
kayleigh baddeley-read
kayleigh kosmas
keara mcgraw
kelly beth
kelly lin
kelsey cole
kelsey davis
kendall lauren
kendy paxia -
kierstan peck
kim lightbody -
kittee berns -
kristen kamp
kristen nigro
kristen perry
kristy cheung
krysten cooper -
kyle beechey
kyra de vreeze

laura ryan
laurel morley
lauren kodiak
lauren montanaro
laurie sadowski &
lea kralj jager
lesley hobbs
line tscherning damgaard
lisa dawn angerame
live fleischhacker
lok yung yam
loren lieberthal
louise mullins
lowe elvira bambi robertsdotter @sweetlillovemaker
luke garro -
lysa chen -
lyudmila zotova -

madeline tolle
manon van der zwall
mar calpena
marente van der valk
maria jose aguirre pita
maria theres andersson
marie matter
marisa atula
margo morrill
marianna medynska
marlie centawer
marta madigan
marti sans & mircia pérez
mary councell
mati michael
megan cheney
megan cole
meggan marie
meghan louttit
melanie hayes
melanie manuel
melissa bechter
melissa meyer
meredith napolitano
miachel pruett
michael & masha
michelle cassar
mireille capiau
molly mackenzie @mmack12
morgan eccleston
morwenna calow


natalie rae good
nelle clark
nicole gallagher
nicole mackinnon
nicole maree
nicole rivas
nikki haney
noemi iza

O olga zhukov

paige st. john patterson
paige schmidt
pamela fergusson
patty macrae
paula moore
penelope rose

rachael peskanov
rachel gerry
rachelle sartini garner
rhiannon leifheit tyndell
richard de fino
riia berg
rita patel
rocio graves

sadie dempsey
samantha puc
sara lynn paige
sarah mcminn
sarah mcneil
sarah smith
sarah witman
sasha gora
sean james mackenney
selin jessa
selva wohlgemuth
sevrenne sheppard
shahla rashid
sharon brenner
sharon lee hart
shelly westerhausen
sonja gaedicke
sophia real
sophie parsons
stacey hoffer
steph buchanan
stephanie dreyer
stephanie dougherty
stephanie redcross
stephanie mclean villano
steven matarazzo
suniti rao
susanne fortunato

tara pelletier
taylor garritt
taylor hultquist
tiffany cadiz &
tiffany noe
tricia otto

ula nice - &

valentina goltara
valentina solfrini
valeria necchio
valery rizzo
vanessa pastore
veronica an
veronica houk
veronica lavenia
victoria p. davis

wallace west
wendy werneth

yuan yishuai