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Best Food Writing


“What is so great about this annual series is that editor Holly Hughes curates articles that likely never crossed your desk, even if you're an avid reader of food content. Nearly every piece selected is worth your time.” —The Huffington Post

“There's a mess of vital, provocative, funny, and tender stuff . . . in these pages.” —
USA Today

“Some of these stories can make you burn with a need to taste what they're writing about.” —
Los Angeles Times

“The essays are thought-provoking and moving. . . . This is an absolutely terrific and engaging book. . . . There is enough variety, like a box of chocolates, that one can poke around the book looking for the one with caramel and find it.” —
New York Journal of Books

“Stories for connoisseurs, celebrations of the specialized, the odd, or simply the excellent.” —
Entertainment Weekly

“This book is a menu of delicious food, colorful characters, and tales of strange and wonderful food adventures that make for memorable meals and stories.” —

“This collection has something for connoisseurs, short story fans, and anyone hungry for a good read.” —
Library Journal

“Browse, read a bit, browse some more, and then head for the kitchen.” —
Hudson Valley News

“The finest in culinary prose is offered in this new anthology . . . these pages delight and inform readers with entertaining and provocative essays. . . . This book ultimately opens readers' eyes to honest, real food and the personal stories of the people behind it.” —
Taste for Life

“Longtime editor Hughes once again compiles a tasty collection of culinary essays for those who love to eat, cook, and read about food. . . . A literary trek across the culinary landscape pairing bountiful delights with plenty of substantive tidbits.” —
Kirkus Reviews

“A top-notch collection, Hughes brings together a wonderful mix that is sure to please the foodie in all of us.” —
San Francisco Book Review

“An exceptional collection worth revisiting, this will be a surefire hit with epicureans and cooks.” —
Publishers Weekly
, starred review

“If you're looking to find new authors and voices about food, there's an abundance to chew on here.” —
Tampa Tribune

“Fascinating to read now, this book will also be interesting to pick up a year from now, or ten years from now.” —

“This is a book worth devouring.” —
Sacramento Bee

“The cream of the crop of food writing compilations.” —
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“The book captures the gastronomic zeitgeist in a broad range of essays.” —
San Jose Mercury News

“There are a few recipes among the stories, but mostly it's just delicious tales about eating out, cooking at home, and even the politics surrounding the food on our plates.” —

“The next best thing to eating there is.” —
New York Metro

“Spans the globe and palate.” —
Houston Chronicle

“The perfect gift for the literate food lover.” —
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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Copyright © 2015 by Holly Hughes

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The Way We Eat Now

The Perfect Beast,

By Rowan Jacobsen

Growing a $30 Million Egg,
Food & Wine

By Emily Kaiser Thelin

OMFG! It's the PSL!
Seattle Met

By Allecia Vermillion

Maverick Wine Guru Tim Hanni Rethinks the Pour,
from the
Sacramento Bee

By Chris Macias

Kids These Days,
San Francisco Magazine

By Sara Deseran

How to Get People to Cook More? Get Eaters to Complain Less.
from the
Washington Post

By Tamar Haspel

Cooking's Not for Everyone,
Edible San Francisco

By Molly Watson

The Restaurant Biz

Dinner Lab Hopes to Build the World's First Data-Driven Restaurant. But Is That a Good Thing?
LA Weekly

By Besha Rodell

At Your Service?

By Oliver Strand

Coding and Decoding Dinner,
The Oxford American

By Todd Kliman

Waste Not, Want Not (and Pass the Fish Skin),
from the
New York Times

By Pete Wells

The Last Supper,

By Tom Junod

Someone's in the Kitchen

No Chef in America Cooks Dinner Quite Like Philip Foss,
from Eater

By Ryan Sutton

The Meat Prophet of Peru,
from Roads & Kingdoms

By Nicholas Gill

In Search of the Perfect Taco,
from the
New York Times T Magazine

By Jeff Gordinier

Shepherd's Tacos (Tacos al Pastor)

Table Lessons,
Edible New Orleans

By Allison Alsup

Kitchen Diplomacy,
Garden & Gun

By Nic Brown

At the Stove

The Truth About Cast Iron Pans,
from Serious Eats

By J. Kenji López-Alt

Roasting a Chicken, One Sense at a Time,

By Russ Parsons

The Secret Ingredient in the Perfect Burger Is . . .
Food & Wine

By Daniel Duane

Ode to the Kronnerburger

Ragù Finto,
Twelve Recipes

By Cal Peternell

Ragu Finto

Serial Killer,

By Kim Foster

It's Not About the Bread,
Edible Baja Arizona

By Megan Kimble


The Lunch Counter,
Garden & Gun

By John T. Edge

Hot Country,

By Jane and Michael Stern

Nashville Hot Chicken

Oyster Heaven,
from the
Seattle Times

By Bethany Jean Clement

The Story of Chicken,
The Cook's Cook

By Karen J. Coates

Thai Grilled Chicken

Chicken in Pandanus

Gumbo Paradise,

By Keith Pandolfi

Fried Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

In Search of Ragu,
from Roads & Kingdoms

By Matt Goulding

Ragù alla Bolognese

How to Make Carnitas That Will Fix Everything That's Wrong in Your Sad, Horrible Life,

By Nicolás Medina Mora

How to Make an Insanely Delicious Feast of Mexican Carnitas; or, How to Make a Mexican Feast at Home in Gringolandia

The Family Table

The Imperfect Family Kitchen,

By Debbie Koenig

Friday Night Meatballs,
from Serious Eats

By Sarah Grey

Super Simple Friday Night Meatballs

A Mother's Cookbook Shares More Than Recipes,
from the
New York Times

By Kim Severson

Of Links and Legacy,
from the
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

By Steve Hoffman

Monkey Eve,

By Carolyn Phillips

Loving Spoonful,

By Zainab Shah

Pakistani Slow-Cooked Lamb Stew
(Dumbay ki Nihari)

I'm Just Trying to Keep Everyone Alive,

By Phyllis Grant

Brown Butter Apple Tart

Life, on a Plate

Leaning in Toward the Last Supper,
Lucky Peach

By Sarah Henry

Infrequent Potatoes,
Poor Man's Feast

By Elissa Altman

Finding Home at Taco Bell,
from Eater

By John DeVore

The One Ingredient That Has Sustained Me During Bouts of Leukemia,
from the
Washington Post

By Jim Shahin

Yeast Are Never Depressed,
from Leite's Culinaria

By David Leite

Mexico in Three Regrets,
from Chow

By John Birdsall

Beach Town,
Lucky Peach

By Anthony Bourdain

Recipe Index

Permissions Acknowledgments

About the Editor

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