Quarterly food journal Lucky Peach announced today that it's splitting from local publisher McSweeney's. The journal launched in 2011 as a co-publishing venture with McSweeney's, also publisher of The Believer and a number of cookbooks, and has since grown to a circulation of 100,000 and won a number of awards. Editors Peter Meehan, Chris Ying, and David Chang will stay at the helm and will be joined by the existing editorial and design teams, while associate McSweeney's publisher Adam Krefman will move to the new Lucky Peach group as publisher.
"We've had an incredible run with Lucky Peach. And though we will miss them, we always knew there would come a time when they'd graduate and move out of the house ... We will continue to see Lucky Peach as family, and we couldn't be more proud to have been part of their growth," says McSweeney's founder and editor Dave Eggers in the press release.
Lucky Peach editor Peter Meehan had similar warm-and-fuzzy things to say about McSweeney's. "The very idea for Lucky Peach owes a significant debt to the luminous and inspiring example of independent publishing set by McSweeney's. We wouldn't have gotten a quarter as far as we have without their help, expertise, willingness to explore, and willingness to make dick jokes even when it seemed inappropriate."
Lucky Peach will go independent at the end of November, and will publish its first solo issue in February 2014. The journal's 8th issue, The Gender Issue, is on newsstands now.