chickpea magazine

Chickpea is a vegan food & writing publication, here to bring whole-foods cooking & living to a beautiful, practical level. We aim to help you be more conscious in your habits, live more DIY, inspire you to cook more, and get offline and enjoy something beautiful.

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.



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 psuedoscience - and do our best to give reputable sources for any claims we make.

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.


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.)


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!)


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

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.
manages store partnerships, contributor coordination, all the business stuff, answers customer emails and messages, troubleshoots problems with orders and processes, and ships each and every order that we get
senior software engineer
Originally from PA, Bob uses his weekends to fix up his house and enjoy quality time with his two 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



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


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 -

leigh-chantelle -

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 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 -

meister -

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 -


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

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 -