Gordon MacMillan thinks Eat Soup is OK, but there is room for
Eat Soup comes from the boys who brought us Loaded. You know, the
magazine ‘for men who should know better’. That was the initial joke: it
was written and read by those who did know better, or at least claimed
But that was hundreds of thousands of copies ago and Loaded’s success
means it is enjoyed - without irony - by a lot of men who perhaps should
know better but don’t. They are not going to read Eat Soup.
Eat Soup is for the blokes that do. The editor, David Lancaster, says it
is aimed at people ‘who’d rather spend pounds 100 on a meal cooked by
Marco Pierre White than on a new lawn-mower’.
The first front cover with Michael Caine is a winner. Very cool. And the
interview with him is one of the better articles inside.
Upfront, the news has deft touches that could have been made more of.
‘Ever get the feeling you’ve been to a different restaurant to the
reviewer?’ and ‘Eat well on ex’s’, particularly appealed to me. The wine
piece is good too, as is ‘Get your chips on Route 66’.
Slipping down the seat is ‘Out to lunch’ with St Etienne’s Sarah
Cracknell. Why is this at the front of the magazine? (Clue: there is a
picture of her and you wouldn’t kick her out of your band.)
Not forgetting a feature on cannibalism. Question: is it a dying art?
The answer, yes (what a surprise), comes complete with a naked shot of
the Loaded babe, Jo Guest, on all fours.
There’s also a feature on vampires and maybe a few too many food and
In the end, it really isn’t bad, it’s just a little schizo. Maybe they
Loaded too much on the plate.
Gordon MacMillan is happy to Eat Soup on anyone’s expense account