In a land of perpetual sunshine, I never imagined enjoying gloomy, dreary, sleepy bed weather…that is until today. The Husband and I woke up bright and early to an overcast sky which lasted throughout the day…
Bed weather is not called such to be enjoyed productively with work. Rather, bed weather is enjoyed to the fullest by not doing anything productive like watching the new episodes of Game of Thrones Season 2 and Mad Men, napping or leafing through pages of a magazine. My magazine of choice today is Brownbook, a local gem I discovered through FooDiva.
This particular magazine caught my interest because of this month’s feature: stories of the Middle Eastern food industry; because aside from learning more about my own cuisine, I do enjoy immersing about other cuisines and food cultures. And so I make it a point to always sneak in a few minutes from my busy housewife schedule to bury myself in food books, articles and magazines, which is really my food nerdy indulgence.
I initially hesitated making the Brownbook magazine purchase as the magazine was very expensive for my wee housewife budget at 40AED per copy, which could actually buy me a nice thick paperback book. To be honest, I’ve stopped buying magazines for years since I enjoyed an entire set of my favorite magazines every month as part of work. But because I’ve left work in the Philippines, I no longer get to enjoy such perks. Hence, I had no choice but to buy a copy for myself.
Thank God that Brownbook is such a brilliant magazine! The Brownbook editorial staff has such taken so much love and care into transforming a simple magazine into a work of art. If you looked closely into the magazine cover, the background, food items and tableware are made of clay. Amazing right?
Aside from the cover art and a feature on Middle Eastern breads, where the breads were illustrated with hand-made clay, there are also watercolored illustrations sprinkled across the pages of the different features (including the legend of the origins of the Umm Ali!) plus the narrative photographs. No wonder this magazine is priced that much! It certainly is worth every dirham spent…all 40 of it!
It was the second best company (the best being The Husband, of course) I had through the gloomy desert day.