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Product Details

  • Series: Best Food Writing
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 2012 Edition edition (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738216038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738216034
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

*Starred Review* We all like food, and many of us like reading about food. Pursuing our reading interest through magazines, newspapers, newsletters, books, blogs, and websites can be a (pardon the pun) consuming business but, of course, a worthwhile pursuit, since food writing shares with travel writing a passion that inspires eloquent prose. This exciting series has taken a lot of the work but none of the pleasure out of tracking down outstanding expressions of the love of food. Now in its thirteenth edition, Best Food Writing is not falsely titled. There is nothing less than serious, exciting, entertaining, and edifying writing to be found here, the pieces arranged under such intriguing headings as “Food Fights,” “Dude Food,” and “Someone’s in the Kitchen.” The collection starts off with a bang: “On Killing,” by Hank Shaw (from Hunter Angler Gardener Cook.com), a provocative—perhaps, in some readers’ estimation, not entirely convincing—essay on killing one’s own meat. Then there is the warm piece, “The Legacy That Wasn’t: Wonton Soup,” by T. Susan Chang, about how her mother made wontons. But every stripe of writing between those two “extremes” is worth reflecting on after reading. --Brad Hooper

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A Boston Globe Bestseller, 11/4/12

Amazon.com 2012 Best Books of the Year: Food Lit

Booklist, starred review, October 2012
“This exciting series has taken a lot of the work but none of the pleasure out of tracking down outstanding expressions of the love of food. Now in its thirteenth edition, Best Food Writing is not falsely titled. There is nothing less than serious, exciting, entertaining, and edifying writing to be found here.”

Kirkus Reviews, 10/15/12
“Hughes once again pulls together the year’s tastiest examples from the growing field of food writing...In an era of celebrity chefs and much-hyped restaurants, this collection is thankfully absent the pretentious musings of restaurateurs and TV stars…A collection of strong writing on fascinating topics that will appeal to foodies and essay lovers alike.”

Infodad.com, 11/29/12
“This is food writing that goes beyond food itself, that sometimes deals with the intricacies of food preparation and consumption but even more often discusses what food means, what it stands for, where it fits into life rather than where it fits into our mouths and bellies. It is for readers who find the contemplation of food in a larger context particularly delicious.”

Bookviews blog, December 2012
“Filled with wonderful stories and essays that explore our fascination with the culinary arts.”

Library Journal, December 2012
“Not just for foodies! This will delight anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a good read and a good meal. Highly recommended.”

SeriousEats.com, 12/23/12
Best Food Writing 2012 lives up to its claim—the work included in this anthology is some of the best food writing I've read this year. The book succeeds in demonstrating the depth and creativity that food writers can accomplish. A must-read for aspiring food writers, obsessive readers, or those just looking for a fast, enjoyable read this holiday season.”

Curled Up With a Good Book
“Best Food Writing 2012 brings together a huge menu of deliciously provocative and thought provoking perspectives and information that is sure to whet the appetite of foodies. Highly recommended.”

Campus Circle 1/10/13
 “If your mouth doesn’t water while reading the Best Food Writing 2012, edited by Holly Hughes, then there is something wrong with your salivary glands. This collection of essays from publications like Gastronomica and Food & Wine easily encapsulates the best of the year.”

More About the Author

Holly Hughes writes travel guides, young adult fiction, and rock music reviews, and is the founding editor of the annual Best Food Writing anthologies. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, she graduated from Mount Holyoke College and has a graduate degree from Oxford University. She currently lives in New York City.

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Fantastic reveiw of the best writing of the year.
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I love food essay anthologies and this is a great collection, as are all the Best Food Writing Essay series.
John S.
Never miss this...a joy to read for any food lover and avid reader.
Patricia J. Mack

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lilith Mageborn on November 17, 2012
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I've been buying and reading the Best Food Writing series since BFW 2000 came out (the year it started) - and this, the 13th volume, has more pages added to it with an even more diverse range of topics. I love how Holly Hughes spots the trends and organizes the articles around the trends, which are relevant. I hope she keeps this up for years and years to come...because not only is she a genius at selecting the articles and discerning the trends, she does so deftly and it feels like returning to an old friend's kitchen table, picking up where we last left off, and having a feast.
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By Cathy Nordyke on December 23, 2013
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The writing was so overblown as to be silly.
Had to force myself through the handful of articles I did read.
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Fantastic reveiw of the best writing of the year. I buy them every year. Holly Hughes does a great job of culling fantastic prose of the year into a fun volume of stories that surprise, delight and sometimes challenge the reader's beliefs about what food is to us all.
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By Joni on September 4, 2013
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This was the first one I ever read. Liked it so much I got two previous years. Really interesting topics. Good writing.
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By John S. on July 5, 2013
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I love food essay anthologies and this is a great collection, as are all the Best Food Writing Essay series. The books contain numerous entries in a variety of categories and if you are a foodie, this is the book for you!
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