The Hungover Gourmet (THG) began, as all great things do, while laying on the couch one Saturday morning circa 1990.
As I recovered from a rough Friday evening and mindlessly flipped channels to soothe my aching head, I settled on an old favorite – The Frugal Gourmet. It wasn't long before I was rambling away as my new "character" in order to amuse myself and my friends.
Fast forward to 1995 and I'm growing tired of publishing Exploitation Retrospect (ER), the junk culture and fringe media zine I've been pumping out off and on for about ten years. In need of a change of pace – and finding solace in cooking, brewing beer, and collecting cookbooks, gadgets, and recipe pamphlets at yard sales and thrift stores – I decide to turn an occasional ER column into its own zine.
And that's how THG was born.
11 issues followed along with many rave reviews, a lot of great contributors, a City Paper 'Best Zine' award, lots of new friends made along the way, marriage, and a child. At a certain point the life of a full-time work-at-home dad didn't lend itself to much time to be running around thrifting, collecting cookbooks, and putting together a zine.
And so, in 2009, the print version of THG was shelved.
Fast forward to 2022 and things have come full circle. I've burned out after a few issues of a relaunched ER (issues still available from Amazon and direct from yours truly). My daughter is a teenager and, like her mom, an award-winning baker. And I'm having way more fun cooking, rummaging through boxes of cookbooks and recipe pamphlets, chatting/writing about menu planning, grocery shopping and talking with zine friends about publishing and promoting in today's world.
Issue 12 is currently being compiled and, most likely, will become an annual publication with an end-of-year deadline and a spring publication date. I hope you'll follow along on this new journey and maybe even contribute your own tales of places that aren't there, trips worth taken, raves (or rants), reviews, photos, artwork, cartoons or however you want to express your thoughts about the world of food, drink, travel and fun.
Dan Taylor (aka The Hungover Gourmet)