Food Writing

Dig Into 'The Best American Food Writing 2019' for a Diverse Collection of Stories

After its inaugural issue in 2018, “The Best American Food Writing 2019” is back. Although The Best American Series has been in existence for over a hundred years, there have only been two issues featuring...

Addressing The Devil That Plagues Cooks

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . As you move from your invincible 20’s to your 30’s and beyond – things begin to change. We lose a few steps, our body doesn’t move quite as fast. We wake up with aching backs from bending a...

A champion of the unplugged, earth-conscious life, Wendell Berry is still ahead of us

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Today, October 12, is National Farmers Day. Unusual for me on a Saturday, I didn't make it to my local farmers market. In truth, I didn't even leave the house. However, the first thing I read this ...

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January 2019 COTM UNFORGETTABLE: The Hell Out of Flatbush through Madame Couscous

by islandmermaid 12 months ago

Welcome to Cookbook of the Month! Please use this thread to post reports on recipes from the following chapters of UNFORGETTABLE: THE HELL OUT OF FLATBUSH (p. 9-27) LIFE AS A BEATNIK (p. 29-...

A Kingdom from Dust

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

" . . . old Tulare Lake, which rose by flood and sank by drought. Four tribes of Yokut lived along its shores. On the shallow bottom, the women fished mussels and clams with their toes. The nets of...

What Are Your Favorite Food-Centric Movies, Shows and Books?

by NShewmaker 4 months ago

Hi All, Am watching Sweetbitter right now (just started today and have not read the book it was based on) and it got me to thinking about my favorite food and restaurant-related movies, books an...

An Illustrated Guide to Chinese Dumplings

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

" . . . Most dumpling types are closely associated with a region of China — even sometimes a single city or town — and tend to inspire a passionate following among locals from that area. . . "

Why the Stodgy Old World of Bread Is Ripe for Innovation

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

An interview with Nathan Myhrvold on his tome, Modernist Bread. https://modernistcuisine.com/books/modernist-bread/ "Where were you looking to push bread forward? Well, I guess the first is t...

The cake that brought me closer to the wonderful woman I'll never know

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

" . . . Online I discovered blogs where bakers of my generation cook directly from the recipe books of forebears. . .

San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Restaurants for 2019

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

The new list is out today and looks much different under the direction of new restaurant critic, Soleil Ho. I suggest reading the FAQ before diving into the list. Ho's answer for what she consi...

Best City-focused Cookbook

by borisabrams 6 months ago

Hi all! What is a good city-specific cookbook, one that really gets to explore the history and culture of a place? I have been inspired by the cult recipes cookbooks buttt they seem to lack all...

RIP Molly O’Neill

by alkapal 6 months ago

A great loss for the food world.

N.Y. Times offers mixed blessings to The Four Seasons reboot...

by gutreactions 1 year ago

Times' restaurant critic Pete Wells offers an extraordinary review of the newly reopened Four Seasons Restaurant in its new digs on E. 49th Street. Both scathing and admiring. Has anyone returned? ...

Whatever Happened to Portland?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

"The Eater Guide to the Pacific Northwest" dropped last week, https://www.eater.com/pacific-northwest-restaurants-portland-seattle . Meghan McCarron penned a nuanced look at the current eating scen...

Sam Sifton to speak at Bartow-Pell, Bronx, June 6th...

by gutreactions 7 months ago

Sam Sifton, food editor and restaurant critic for the New York Times, will speak at a special luncheon/fundraiser at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx, June 6th from noon to 2 p.m. Bartow...

An Edible Legacy: Diversity, Californios, and the Birth of San Diego-Baja Cuisine

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . The Californios had a distinct way of cooking. William Smythe, the first to write a definitive history of San Diego, described their food as such: 'The Californios naturally survived on a d...

Diana Kennedy Says Goodbye to Her Cookbooks

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

" . . . From Kennedy’s home among the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental, she transported her archival material overland on an earlier trip of 800 miles (one way), chauffeured by a trusted ta...

Salvador Dalí’s Eccentric Cookbook Is Being Reissued for the First Time in Over 40 Years

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

" . . . The book, which includes 136 recipes divided into 12 chapters, is arranged by courses—including aphrodisiacs. Aside from his illustrations, Dalí’s musings are scattered through the publicat...

Food Fiction Books Recommendations

by ad7yn 3 years ago

What are your favorite food fiction books? Please recommend your favorites. I started reading Ruth Reichl's Delicious! Such a wonderful book! Other faves include: Dinner at Antoines - Frances P...

NYT Frugal Traveler - Paris

by grumpyspatient 8 months ago

From today's NYT, it may be behind a paywall. Hopefully its free. We are heading to Paris in the fall so this was of great interest.