Best Food Writing 2011

Best Food Writing Food writing has exploded in the past decade nowhere else is it as easy and enjoyable to catch the trends big stories and upcoming stars than in the annual Best Food Writing collection From molecula

  • Title: Best Food Writing 2011
  • Author: Holly Hughes
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 324
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  • Food writing has exploded in the past decade nowhere else is it as easy and enjoyable to catch the trends, big stories, and upcoming stars than in the annual Best Food Writing collection From molecular gastronomy to the omnivore s dilemma, from meat free to wheat free to everything goes, there s something for every foodie in this acclaimed series Best Food Writing 2011Food writing has exploded in the past decade nowhere else is it as easy and enjoyable to catch the trends, big stories, and upcoming stars than in the annual Best Food Writing collection From molecular gastronomy to the omnivore s dilemma, from meat free to wheat free to everything goes, there s something for every foodie in this acclaimed series Best Food Writing 2011 once authoritatively and appealingly assembles the finest culinary prose from the past year s books, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and websites, featuring both established food writers such as Anthony Bourdain and Ruth Reichl , rising stars such as J Lopez Kenji Alt and Novella Carpenter , and some literary surprises Jonathan Safran Foer, who contributed to Best Food Writing 2010.

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    1. This collection defied my preconceptions that I'd be reading about food reviews or restaurant surveys. Contained with in are several fantastic essays that skip between philosophical ruminations (Reconsider The Oyster by Tim Hayward, a really incredible piece), hilarious experiments in desserts (Purple Reign by Alan Brouilette), and wacky cook biographies (I Believe I Can Fry by Katy Vine) -- among many other varieties of writing. I definitely learned a lot more about food, where it comes from, h [...]

    2. Lots of fun. If you like to cook or to eat or both, you'll enjoy these essays. One essay in fact was the funniest essay I've read in a long time -- worth the price of the book (or better yet, get it from your library). The essays range from what we'd call restaurant reviews to meditations on family get-togethers to the effect of weather on farming and beyond. If you don't care to read about clams, for example, turn a few pages, and you'll find an essay on a totally different topic. Great book fo [...]

    3. This is a fun, interesting, and informative collection of writing about food, cooking, restaurants, farms, food blogging, and the food industry. The nice mix of personal stories and professional reports kept me entertained and taught me some new things. I'll be picking up next year's edition.

    4. These are perfect airport reads - longform articles collated into a kindle book. I liked some better than others, and there's a bit of unintentional repetitiveness from redundant topics from author to author, but a nice thing to pick up when you need this sort of thing.Read on my 2017 Europe trip

    5. I love Holly Hughes' writing, and always enjoy her New York Times columns. I've been saving the Best Food Writing anthologies for a couple of years, and for whatever reason, decided to start with the 2011 collection.How fun! In the Foodways section - Loved Alan Brouilette's Purple Reign (thinking about the purple carrots I found last year at the Portland Farmers Market), Rick Nelson's From Kenya, With Love (Kenya shaping a Minneapolis suburb). Stocking the Pantry gave me Livingston's Broccolini [...]

    6. I hate to say it, but if this was the best food writing of 2011, I'd hate to see the worst food writing of 2011. Ok, that's a bit harsh. This is a book of essays, so naturally each essay will be hit or miss. But, even the editing of this book was bad. There were lots of typos, and some of the essays just didn't make sense thematically in the section in which they were placed. On the bright side, there were some essays that I did like, particularly "The Apostle of Indulgence," which was a chef pr [...]

    7. Ahh . food. Good food writing is one of my favorite genres. Loving this book so far, but some stories are definitely better than others. Everything comes from the seaI found this story a bit tedious. The author was trying to tell a tale of how the approach to seafood in Venice will change as a result of European food regulations (and he may have been also making a deeper point of the impact of the EU generally on food) It seemed to be a collection of descriptions of food and names of food. The [...]

    8. Good writing for the most part, thought there were exceptions. For example, "We Shall Not Be Moved," on soul food, read like a badly written term paper, and "The Feed Frenzy" read like it was written by someone with ADHD (no coherent thought or flow, just paragraphs thrown at the wall like spaghetti in the apparent hope that a few might stick). Due to my own food aversions, I found Christopher Kimball's article on mock turtle soup to be well-written and utterly disgusting, and "Befriending Your [...]

    9. Like most anthologies, a mixture of enjoyable and forgettable. The oyster piece is great, as are Chang-Rae Lee's memoir of a Korean family's Thanksgiving and a daughter's quest to sort out the mystery of her non-cooking mother's "Sklootini" recipe; all are about more than food. A couple are hilarious, like "Purple Reign," about a mammoth sweet potato baking endeavor that occurred in Sheboygan, WI, and the portrait of the Texas State Fair's champion fry chef. Many of the pieces are less than a ha [...]

    10. If you are a foodie, there is always some real gems in these Best Food Writing nonfiction collections with some essays that aren't as interesting. I always enjoy the humorous and poignant ones but tend to skim through the strictly 'this is the meal I ate' ones. (Which are only a small percentage of what's in there.) There is one essay on dairy farmers in here that was so shockingly emotional and starkly horrifying that I will probably never forget it. And that is why I keep coming back to collec [...]

    11. Food writing is a quirky and esoteric genre. Despite the writer's best intentions, after all, you can't taste the food. So the best writers are those who lead you into a full blown experienceamping through a dairy barn to capture fresh milk, exploring the scientific intricacies of the perfect french fry. Holly Hughes culls every literary water to collect those stories year after year and, even if I didn't want to shoot that wild boar, I have trailed along on the hunt and will enjoy the luau all [...]

    12. Again, another great collection of food-related essays. I admit that I couldn't finish the one by Christopher Kimball - too much discuss of brains, and the idea of turtle soup makes me kind of ill, anyway.I especially enjoyed a couple of the food-specific essays in the "Pantry" section - tater tots (heh) and Vienna sausages (it's been decades since I ate one, and I still remember the taste and smell).

    13. If you're a foodie, you have to read this. If you aren't, you have to read this, because it will convince you. The writing is excellent, the pieces interesting, informational and philosophical. Food is culture, sitting around a table with people to eat is important, and more than that, food is a time machine that ties us to our pasts. I want to buy this and I never buy books.

    14. This collection impressed me less than some of its predecessors, though in fairness I read it in fits and starts over a couple of months. In the end, the two pieces that stood out were excerpts from books by Gabrielle Hamilton and Lisa Abend. I bought the former book yesterday and just added the latter to my wishlist.

    15. A fun and easy read. The variety of topics, authors and sources is refreshing and gives a great sense of all the different food writing out there. It was a great vacation book - made me want to keep traveling - but would probably be a great commuter book too, the articles are perfect for short burst reading needs. Definitely recommended if you like food writing.

    16. Lots of fun. Each story introduced me to a kind of food or cooking or an approach to cooking. More importantly, each story conveyed memory or culture or the context of the food to make my inner anthropologist happy. Some were foods I want to eat, and drooled over the pages. (Seafood in Venice, bread in family kitchens, pie, Chinese dumplings) Others, not so much (mock turtle soup, foie gras)

    17. Nice collection of essays about, around, and involving food. Somewhat uneven, but when it's good, it's very good indeed. Writing about something as purely sensory as food can be challenging. It was enjoyable seeing the different approaches these writers took to their subject.

    18. Like any annual anthology, it can be uneven, but the standout pieces—“Fruits of Desire,” “The Famous Recipe,” “Magical Dinners,” and “I Believe I can Fry”—are thought-provoking, mouth-watering, and a lot of fun. Worth investigating if you’re into food writing.

    19. Very useful book that offered a variety of examples of food writing. I used this in my first interterm offering of Food Writing. Would definitely use it again, though I may also want to check out other years to add to my collection.

    20. A last minute "I need a book for the flight" choice. The short story format appeals to me as do some of the stories. It was a good introduction to food and the world that revolves around it. I will read other books, with food as the main character.

    21. GREAT! Read this at my boyfriend's house whenever I can grab it from him.good to pick up and put down. Great short stories about different characters involved with FOOD!

    22. Best anthology I've read all year. Favorites: Thomas Livingston's "Broccolini(tm)", Katie Vine's "I Believe I Can Fry," Bryce Elder's "In Defence of Shite Food."

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