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Best Food Writing 2009 Paperback – Bargain Price, November 10, 2009
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There are many different essays in this book varying in length so if you want to read for a few pages, or longer your appetite will be satisfied. It was wonderful to have all these food writing assembled into one book cover. I know I will be seeking out more from some of my favorite writers. I highly recommend those who love to read about food to pick this book up, you will imagine, salivate, and even chuckle as you read this book.
In spite of my fussy mood, I still found this a satisfying collection. Instead of approaching it as a multi-course meal, as I have in past years, I treated this volume as a buffet, skipping and skimming some articles, and stopping to savor other essays.
Last year was a good one for budget dining. One of the essays here celebrated cheap steakhouses - Last of the Great $10 Steaks by Jason Sheehan. Another series of three articles from the New York Times, Kitchen Smackdown, challenged food writers to prepare a dinner party for six with a budget of no more than $50, with entertaining results. Other articles extolled the wonders of marshmallow fluff and Spam (separately), but I remain skeptical.
Two of my favorite pieces in this collection were The Last Meal by Todd Kliman and What We Hunger For by Douglas Bauer. They are similar essays, one about the author's father, the other about famous food writer M.F.K. Fisher, in which the authors reminisce about hunting for great meals together.
Another favorite essay was Too Much of a Mouthful, in which Tim Hayward rants about food that is unnecessarily difficult to eat. The sandwich which set him off was a beautiful presentation of delicious ingredients, but the roll was too large and crusty to eat without a knife and fork.Read more ›
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I enjoy food. I enjoy eating food. I enjoy talking about food. So its only fitting that I would enjoy reading about all the different aspects of food in all its glory.Published on April 7, 2013 by jowella inzinna
I wait for the new anthology every year and read it with gusto. Thanks to Holly Hughes for her expert editing.Published on January 4, 2011 by Constant Reader
If you enjoy browsing through food blogs, glossy foodie magazines and reading quality food writing in general you'll find much to like in Holly Hughes' annual collection of the... Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by Sibelius