Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $15.99
  • Save: $2.90 (18%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 16 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Best Food Writing 2013 has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition. The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly. Pages and dust cover are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine is undamaged.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Best Food Writing 2013 Paperback – October 29, 2013

4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.09
$3.93 $0.01

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$13.09 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 16 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Best Food Writing 2013
  • +
  • Best Food Writing 2014
  • +
  • Best Food Writing 2012
Total price: $31.87
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

No doubt about it, twenty-first-century Americans are obsessed with food. The only things they apparently enjoy more than eating it are watching it being cooked on television and reading about it on blogs and in magazines and newspapers. This latest annual anthology of short writings reveals a nation sorely conflicted about food’s nutritional benefits versus the sheer sensual pleasures of the table. Americans (and increasingly a worldwide audience) support a vast impersonal, international food-service industry while simultaneously lionizing chefs who work only with local meats, cheeses, and produce. Distressed with the gastronomic mediocrity of the McRib, Katherine Shilcutt acknowledges its evident allure to a vast swath of citizens. Those determined to live off land closer to home should consider squirrel as meat of choice, writes Mike Sula. Many essays cite Copenhagen’s Noma, reputed to be the world’s greatest restaurant, so Matt Goulding meticulously guides readers through its dinner’s 20-plus courses. --Mark Knoblauch

Review

Kirkus Reviews, 11/1/13

“A literary trek across the culinary landscape pairing bountiful delights with plenty of substantive tidbits.”



Bookviews, November 2013

“If you are a “foodie” then you will surely enjoy Best Food Writing 2013...Its seven sections, ranging from “A Critical Palate” to “Home Cooking”, has plenty to enjoy…Hughes…has produced another winner this year.”



Taste for Life, December 2013

“This collection will leave you both chuckling and pondering, and perhaps a little wiser about the American food scene.”

CurledUp.com, December 2013

“Offers a diverse collection of articles that provide mouthwatering entertainment for foodies. Highly recommended.”


Library Journal, 12/1/2013

“Hughes once again has found well-written articles that depict the current interests of foodies…Recommended.”


PortlandBookReview.com, 12/12/2013

“Serves up a feast of delicious morsels which will have you thinking about food like never before…This book will be like a feast with evocative language that one cannot digest in one sitting.”


Publishers Weekly website, 1/6/14

“Eclectic…Informative as well as entertaining.”


New York Journal of Books, 1/15/2014

“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.”


San Francisco Book Review, 2/4/14

“This year’s Best Food Writing 2013 collection…contains everything a foodie (and perhaps non-foodie) might want to read…A top-notch collection, Hughes brings together a wonderful mix that is sure to please the foodie in all of us.”


Campus Circle, 2/4/14

“Delicious as ever. Holly Hughes does a terrific job putting together the year’s scrumptious pieces, from far and wide.”

Great Falls Tribune, 6/11/14
“A must-read for literary food enthusiasts, Hughes curates a collection of dozens of well-crafted culinary essays on topics often worthy of further digestion.”

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 7/9/14
“Imagine a smorgasbord set up along the shoreline, a feast so vast and varied that it disappears into the horizon. This annual anthology of the best American food writing is that exactly, and perhaps the perfect beach book for the food-focused set. Grab an icy cold something from the cooler, recline the sand chair back a notch, and settle in for the literary equivalent of grazing…No matter which of the 49 entries you choose, it’s guaranteed to be delicious.”
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Interested in the Audiobook Edition?
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.

Product Details

  • Series: Best Food Writing
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 2013 Edition edition (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738217166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738217161
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Robin on December 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
How much you like this book may depend not on how much you care about food, but how much you care about the food "scene," not to mention your tolerance for the pretentious. There are some real gems here, mostly in the chapters titled Home Cooking and A Critical Palate. For example, in a sweetly funny Washington Post piece, Tim Carman reconstructs an old family gingerbread cookie recipe that has morphed so badly with time.that it no longer contains a key ingredient. In Lobster Lessons Aleksandra Crapanzo tells the story of her husband's elderly aunt who grew to love her through her cooking during their Nantucket summers. That lovely story alone is almost worth the price of the book. In A Bountiful Shore Bernard L. Herman describes a Chesapeake Thanksgiving so delicious, comforting and stress free that you may want to invite yourself next year.

The Chapter titled A Critical Palate has a funny, nostalgic piece from Dave Barry on Ring Dings and the (almost) demise of Hostess. It also contains a nuanced, albeit negative review of a New York City Chophouse and a downright pan of a review in The St. Louis-Dispatch, that is funny but sad.

Unfortunately these terrific pieces come after an irritating group of articles in the chapter The Way We Eat Now. For the most part these writers are out of touch with the way Americans eat. They know an awful lot about the food scene, and do a lot of generalizing. In Tyranny, Whats For Dinner, the author describes a handful of ridiculously expensive ($400 a customer!) restaurants that serve tastings. Now I don't plan to patronize one of these places. Not only are they expensive, the number of courses is ridiculous (50)--but the author's rant, implying that they are a trend likely to spoil my own restaurant experience seem a bit weird.
Read more ›
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Holly Hughes has a long history of editing a compilation of the best food articles of the year. She has put together a food anthology each year since 2000. This years, Best Food Writing 2013, is another worthy effort and will be enjoyed both by those who identify themselves as ‘foodies’ and by those just interested in good writing that explains someone else’s obsession.

The book contains articles by well-known food writers. Authors include Michael Pollen, Corby Kummer (senior editor at The Atlantic for three decades), Matt Goulding, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl and Jonathan Gold, the first ever food writer to win a Pulitizer Prize. Some of the articles are written by chefs, some by food critics, and many by those who write about food for their living.

The articles range both in subject and voice. There are articles that cover food fads and fashions such as slow eating, the local resourcing trend, the tyranny of chefs who have gone from those providing a service to those who give diners what they want to cook rather than what the diner wants to eat, and the emergence of food trucks. There are humorous articles about cooking ribs and fighting squirrels. There are emotional pieces that describe the role that food has in discovering love, parental connections, the connection between food and gratitude and food and memories. There are profiles of chefs and descriptions of dinners with more than twenty courses. There is complicated food, simple food, expensive food and comfort food.

The reader will enjoy learning about the subject. Each article is a gem in its own genre.
Read more ›
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
bought this since it was required reading for my English class but really enjoyed the essays we read. it was an eye opener to read different peoples relationship with food and how much goes into making good food. i will probably read the rest of the essays when my class is over. it's worth the read
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I use this book as a learning tool for my college level English classes. This semester Best Food Writing was an option, however in future semesters, with the continuation of my food themed writing course, the text will be required.
Best of Writing series is a wonderful example of great persuasive prose and thought organization.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had to buy this book for a food writing class but it's not bad, the stories range from fun to sad, informational to interesting. If you have any interest in food or writing and love to cook bake or eat it is a fun easy read.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have every one of these compilations that Ms. Hughes has edited. This is one of the best ones. Every year she picks up some amazing food writing. Most of the time I have never heard of these people although several "name authors" always seem to make an appearance. These essays are arranged in groups and the authors can have widely different opinions from what you might think should be the norm. There are articles that really make me think about the way I exist in my opinion on what we consume and how it is raised for us.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Elle on December 25, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book, filled with excellent stories from so many fantastic authors! The perfect gift for any food lover in your life!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is excellent! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
This is especially entertaining for a cook and a huge Foodie like me. It's great fun!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Best Food Writing 2013
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Best Food Writing 2013