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Best Food Writing 2011 Paperback – October 4, 2011

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Hudson Valley News, 10/5/11
“Foodies will want to own a copy of Best Food Writing 2011, edited by Holly Hughes, the latest addition to a timeless (annual) anthology of culinary prose that’s sure to inspire your inner gourmet…This is the perfect book for people who don’t only love to eat and to prepare food, but who love [to] read about it as well.” 

Publishers Weekly, 10/24/11
“Hughes's sense of humor and deft selections keep things balanced. There is truly an essay for every foodie here.”
 
SeriousEats.com, 10/9/11
“This year's compilation is definitely worth a read…There's a wide range of writing in this book and all of it is excellent. With Best Food Writing not only will you pick up some great stories, but you will also be exposed to a range of writers who otherwise might get lost in the expansive field of food writing.”
 
The Thirteenth, 11/2/11
“Hughes culls publications worldwide for great food writing and they're all here in one neat, little package.”
 
Technorati.com, 11/13/11
Best Food Writing 2011 isn’t only about food, but—more importantly—our relationships with food, how it serves us, how we serve it. For those who have developed the fine art of eating, whether it’s fried Twinkies or the incredibly-difficult-to-prepare fried lettuce, Best Food Writing 2011 is the gift to receive this holiday season.”
 
Edible Boston, Winter 2011
“Worth the list price.”
 
Curled Up With a Good Book
Best Food Writing 2011 offers up an extensive and delectable menu of gastronomic delights. A must-read treat for anyone who loves food. Five stars.”
 
Colorado Springs Independent, 12/19/11
“This collection of food writing from across the country is again curated by Holly Hughes, who rarely fails to find a year’s don’t-miss stories.”
 
Midwest Book Review, December 2011
“From how 'soul food' expanded African American culture to how a cook changed from a recipe-follower to a cook operating on instinct and personal knowledge, this is packed with deliciously intriguing discussions of all types of foods, trends, and personal experiences and is a 'must' for literary and culinary collections alike.”

Tucson Citizen, 1/6/12
“This collection has something to please the tastes of almost every reader.”

San Francisco Book Review, 1/14/12
“Holly Hughes has gathered up some of the industry’s finest culinary-inspired stories and essays in this year’s dish: a real farmer’s market of variety here…There is sure to be something to satisfy every palate, from novice to connoisseur…No overwhelming aftertaste here, just a smoothly savoring sampler.”
 
WomanAroundTown.com, 12/26/11
“A compendium of all that’s new and exciting for lovers of delicious cuisine. Essays on the joys of frying, what the rich and the poor buy and why, and some delightful guilty pleasures make this paperback ideal reading for those with good taste.”

Internet Review of Books, 2/13/12
“As tasty as a platter of holiday appetizers…a fine read.”

Campus Circle, 3/29/12
“Mouthwateringly good.”

Spirituality & Practice, 4/24/12
“The fare here is quite appealing.”
 
Greensboro News and Record, 4/29/12
“Would make a great gift for any aspiring foodie.”

About the Author

Holly Hughes has edited the annual Best Food Writing series since its inception in 2000. The author of Frommer’s 500 Places for Food and Wine Lovers, she lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Series: Best Food Writing
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073821518X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738215181
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the first issue in the "Best Food Writing of ..." that I have read. And what a delightful book. You can open it anywhere and enjoy the writing whether you are a foodie or not. The pieces are short and extremely varied which make it a good pick-up-nd-put-down book. From high French cuisine to road food, it's yummy. Don't read it if you are hungry and can't get to a kitchen or cafe. A good place to start is with the article "Saints, Cakes, and Redemption" on page 61.
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I have enjoyed these compilations for at least 3 years, but as with food writing there is only so much to be said. This book I feel is the slowest of the previous few I have read. In hoping for something a little different and a little off beat I continued through the entire book only to be left wanting something new and different. It seems that the person who put this together gets hung up on just a few of the many ways of taking in this type of writing and leaves little room for the more unique pieces. It was a good run for sure but without some changes, this should be the last one of these that you read.
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By JFS on October 27, 2012
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Found this particular edition to be less about food and cooking which I prefer and lots of related but not very interesting other articles. Appeared to be "filler" to complete the book. Other years have been very rewarding reading for a gourmet.
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I really like this series. Holly does a great job of culling through the best food writing of the year and builds nice themes. I will continue to buy them as long as she keeps coming out with new ones each year. There are always a couple stories I've already read, but I've always felt, boy am I glad I'm reading this story again. A great overview of the trends, subjects and ideas that reflect the year in food as well as timeless classics that are great to know and love.
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As a published author, food writer and blogger about food, I'm always on the lookout for wonderfully written books and articles about food and travel, another heavy-on-food genre. After all, we can't eat scenery and really do tend to remember those wonderful meals enjoyed away from home. Consequently, I'm usually a bit hyper critical of food writing but this collection definitely makes the grade and hit the spot for me.

One of my favorite -albeit old time, foodie writers remains M.K. Fisher so I was thrilled to enjoy a collection of writing that definitely did NOT disappoint m. Better yet, it was true to its title, "Best Food Writing." And that noted, readers who enjoyed The Best Food Writing of 2011 might also enjoy another one of my favorites entitled, Alone in the Kitchen With an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone by Jenni Ferrari-Adler.
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Any good writing is a pleasure to read. If you love food, no, passionate about food to a degree to you call yourself a foodie, this book rates very high for you. If you are a good home cook who enjoys food and cooking, you are likely to flip over the pages and lose interest very quickly. Yes, the writing is very good, every one of the 45 carefully selected food writers know how to grab your attention and hold it--provided you have interest in the subject. Subject that varies widely covering virtually any topic related to food, cooking and eating: environment, food trends, politics, culture, fast foods, even philosophy. This is the eleventh year of Best Food Writing and apparently the readers are there to continue. Each of the seven sections separated by topics include six to eight writers. The sections are Foodways, Home Cooking, Stocking the Pantry, Food Fights, Guilty Pleasures, Someone's in the Kitchen and Personal Tastes. The book is un-illustrated, soft-cover and not meant to last long. The stories are short; perfect for reading when you have ten minutes to sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
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