Zagat published one of these silly slide shows (I wish they would just publish scrollable lists) entitled: "Make It Stop": Foodie Resolutions for 2014. They asked various food pros about what they would like to see decrease in the culinary world for the next year. Besha Rodell simply stated this:
"I'd like to see less people whining about what they'd like to see less of. We live in the greatest age yet of American restaurants, ingredients and food in general. We are entering an era of great American wines. Those of us who eat and drink for a living are insanely lucky. Don't like kale? Don't order kale. It's not worth an essay."
I have to say that this summed up why I have been enjoying her columns this past year. I appreciate the tone of her articles, which tend to focus on strengths without being too terribly cloying (Although I loved Pete Well’s subtle destruction of Daniel in the NY Times this year probably more than any other food writing in 2013). Her assessments seem to match my own pretty darned closely. I am looking forward to more of her writing in 2014.