Best Food Writing 2012 by Holly Hughes

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Our fascination with what we eat, its provenance, and its preparation just keeps growing—and food writing has continued to explode. Once again, editor Holly Hughes plumbs magazines, newspapers, newsletters, books, and websites for the year’s finest culinary prose—“stories for connoisseurs, celebrations of the specialized, the odd, or simply the excellent” (Entertainment Weekly). Featuring essays and articles from established food writers and rising stars, as well as some literary surprises, Best Food Writing 2012 captures the trends, big stories, and new voices. From going hunting to going vegan, from soup-to-nuts or farm-to-table, there’s something for every foodie in the newest edition of this acclaimed series.

Previous contributors include: Brett Anderson, Dan Barber, Frank Bruni, John T. Edge, Jonathan Gold, Gabrielle Hamilton, Jessica B. Harris, Madhur Jaffrey, Francis Lam, David Leite, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Molly O’Neill, Kevin Pang, Ruth Reichl, Alan Richman, Kim Severson, Jason Sheehan, Sam Sifton, John Thorne, and Calvin Trillin. 

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Holly Hughes has edited the annual Best Food Writing series since its inception in 2000. The former executive editor of Fodor's Travel Publications, she is also author of Frommer's 500 Places for Food and Wine Lovers and Frommer's 500 Places to Take the Kids Before They Grow Up. She lives with her family in New York City.
Published October 23, 2012 by Da Capo Lifelong Books. 400 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Cooking, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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It would have enhanced this collection if she’d made an effort to include some of the fresh, surprising writing that appears in letters distributed by wine shops and single-malt societies, newspapers issued by such stores as the Vinegar Factory and Zingermann’s, the rogue material on the Internet...

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Three stories delve into the use of digital media by foodies: Nick Fauchald describes his online food diary (zero followers three weeks into his Twitter feed), Sara Deseran laments the burgeoning social-media use by foodies in San Francisco and Ike DeLorenzo describes the good and bad about onlin...

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Elissa Altman ruminates on family relationships in her short but powerful “Angry Breakfast Eggs,” and in one of the most moving essays, “They Don’t Have Tacos in the Suck,” Katharine Shilcutt layers a visit to taco trucks in Houston over a visit with a long-lost friend, an explosives expert stati...

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Foodways, Dude Food, and Farm to Table are just a few of the eight categories Hughes has chosen to highlight in this compendium of the best of 2012, including works by food critic Todd Kliman, investigative Barry Estabrook, blogger Deb Perelman, and hunter-gatherer Hank Shaw, with a few choice re...

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