The first edition of Graze has an introduction from the founders and editors, Cyndi Fecher and Brian J. Solem. The two consider food as a marker of beginnings, endings, and shifts in relationships: for example, the first time a lover makes you eggs or the last plate of food you share with someone before parting ways. Or in a broader sense, food also permeates everything from middle school cafeteria politics to larger political moments like the cup of coffee shared by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev that ended the 1985 U.S.-Soviet summit.
The 11 essays, poems, and photographs in Graze range from an author's search for prahok, the Cambodian stinky cheese, to a poem that reveals a stilted breakfast conversation between mother and daughter. Although the pieces differ in voice, content, and quality, any reader can relate to them. For me, the publication ignited my own memories of food-related experiences. Although I enjoyed the writing, I was most struck by the conversations it sparked. After reading the magazine, I sat with friends over dinner and returned to the joy, terror, and melancholy we've all experienced over meals, drinks, or coffee shop encounters.