Salt is an essential ingredient, a compound of sodium and chlorine, that has enabled people to go on and has had a wide impact on society, culture, economy, and of course, people’s lifestyle. The first city ever built by Homo sapiens was located close to the Dead Sea where high-saline water yielded salt easily. In the ancient times, people waged war against each other scrambling for salt. It also contributed to the development of traditional foods around the world, such as jamón, tsukemono, and kimchi, used as the catalyst to preserve them for a long time. For thousands of years, salt has played a critical role in all kitchens around the world to enhance the favor, and it now stands as a symbol in itself on people’s table.

Magazine F is a food documentary magazine jointly launched by Baemin and Magazine B. Baemin has become a critical mover and shaker in South Korean contemporary food culture, and B provides a balanced view on brands through multi-layered stories. This collaboration brings together these two areas of expertise in F, which is hoped to become a record of essential ingredients and food culture of our time.


Letter from F


Beautiful salt-making regions around the globe reflecting history and contemporary life

At Læsø

Salt production and distribution on the small Danish island of Læsø

Salt Road


Jamón - F looks into one cured Spanish staple, jamón, at the famed Cinco Jotas restaurant in Jabugo, the jamón mecca

Jamón Maestro- Enrique Caballero, owner-chef of Jaylu

In Conversation- Philosophies and wisdom on how to use salt from two iconic Spanish chefs Joan Roca, El Celler de Can Roca Carme Ruscalleda, Sant Pau


つけもの (Tsukemono) - F explores a traditional Japanese cured food, tsukemono, at the historic Kyoto restaurant Shibakyu

In Conversation- Masahiro Hamaguchi, owner-chef of salt-themed Tokyo restaurant Sel Sal Sale

F Lab

An experiment to see how salt changes meat

Academic Manual

Intriguing facts on salt, organized into six themes


Craig Cormack, salt guru and owner-chef from South Africa who pairs wine and salt

On the Table

Popular salt-themed restaurants and dessert shops all over the world

User Scene

Four gourmets share how they most enjoy salt

F Cut

An aesthetic perspective on various salts with distinct colors and forms


Salt as an innovative business, as told by Ben Jacobson, owner of Portland- based Jacobson Salt Co.


Salt-themed shops in London, Paris, New York, and other influential metropolises


Examples of industrial uses for salt


Snapshots of widely known salt products by type


Cooking books and videos recommended by salt makers and chefs




Magazine B
Publisher Suyong Joh
Executive Director Myungsoo Kim
Editor-in-Chief Eunsung Park
Content & Editorial Director Sojung Jung
Editors Eunkyung Lee, Bora Nam
Contributing Editor Alex Seo
Art Direction & Design Yuwon Choi
Marketing Hyunjoo Kim
Sales & Distribution Sanghoon Kim, Suyeon Kim
Advisory Wookjung Lee
Correspondents Mihye Nam (Tokyo), Hyeseon Jeong (Paris)
Translators Rancy Kim, Bongah Shin, Hyejoo Lee, Seongae Yang, Soonok Hwang
Copy Editors Sarah Kessler Jang, Catherine Gallagher
Woowa Brothers
CEO Bongjin Kim
Creative Directors Myungsoo Han, Insung Chang
Planning & Marketing Taekyoung Lee, Seyoung Kang


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Cooking for Kings: The life of Antonin Caréme, the First Celebrity Chef
Shoji Loves Cooking!
Encyclopedia for Every Salt in the World
Olympia Provisions
Salt: A World History