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Like your favorite local grocery store, with its sushi bar, fresh baked goods, and maybe a very obliging butcher, Best Food Writing offers a bounty of everything in one place. For seventeen years, Holly Hughes has delved into piles of magazines and newspapers, scanned endless websites and blogs, and foraged through bookstores to provide a robust mix of what's up in the wor
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Da Capo Lifelong Books
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Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essays-shorts
For some it's the crackle of wrapping paper and an arm's length of red ribbon. For some the battered box of family ornaments. Mistletoe, menorah, a prayer or a carol...the ruhm-puhm-puhm of a choir may be what introduces tradition to the tail end of your year. While many of these elements arise in my holiday experience, what December calls forth most for me is The Season of the Rolling Pin.

I have a fine rolling pin. It is a wonder of a thing. Classic maple of prodigious length and ball-bearing a
Joy Schultz
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I only finished this book due to a vague sense of obligation once I'd begun. Colwin's Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant leaned a bit too much on New Yorkers who loved anchovies; this collection leans a bit too heavily on New Orleans and the excesses that come of seeking the novel or obscure.

Maybe that's due to the book's attempt to capture the 2016 zeitgeist or whatever. The fact remains that however navel-gazing it might be to write about Writing, doing so IS writing. But writing about Wri
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well... to be totally honest, I barely remembered any of these, even a day or two after reading them. If you're looking for a "worth-reading" list, here are the ones that managed to stand out.

"Brooklyn Is Everywhere", Jon Birdsall, Bon Appetit
To, again, be totally honest: I really only recall this piece because it's the first in the collection, and I thought it was a kind of sneeringly bougey way to open the book. Let Brooklyn be Brooklyn, and let it be inspirational to whomever it is, and stop
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was the best Best collection I've read in a long time. Like any compilation, some essays are (much) better than others. There are essays about food I've never heard of, and if I did somehow manage to find it, I couldn't afford it. But there are also love letters to instant coffee and chicken tenders. There's warnings about climate change and the precariousness of family farms. There's the inevitable writing about food writing, and writing about wine, and writing about coffee. My favorites i ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
My last read of 2020 comes courtesy of one of my favorite series: Best Food Writing. While I enjoyed Holly Hughes’ selections for this collection, I can definitely see the differences in her editorial style, versus those put on offer by the past few years’ guest editors. While 2016 had some fun offerings in the food realm - meal kits, hyper-hipster restaurant offerings, and homages to old favorites - it made me, more than anything else, yearn for travel, especially to New Orleans, the flavors of ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a required book for a course I wanted to on Food Writing (along with 'Will Write For Food' by Dianne Jacob which I highly recommend) and I can see why.
Through an array of articles from a number of sources, the various writers perfectly put me into a scene and I could smell the gas station coffee and felt the sting in my eyes from the Gumbo's steamy spices.
Not all articles resonated with me but that's the beauty of it- there is something for everyone.
My favourite is 'The Case for
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't love every essay, but there were a handful that really stood out, including "The Meaning of Mangoes" by Dianne Jacob, "The Chef Who Saved My Life" by Brett Martin, and my personal favorite: "Smoke Signals" by Julie Kramer, which was beautifully written. I appreciated the variety of subjects and stories (everything from tasting great bourbon to the importance of a mother -- also known as starter dough). Bottom line: If you enjoy food writing, I would recommend this book, as I think it ha ...more
Crystal Herrera pereira
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading all these stories and essays. I especially loved its range and diversity of voices.
Faith McLellan
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, cooking
Wide-ranging and fascinating collection of essays. Highly recommended.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy these compilations of the Best Food Writing from the year, lots of interesting food stories.
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
There were a few standout pieces, but not many; by far, the least enjoyable of the series yet.
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
A bunch of stories about some aspect of food. Some were better than others but most were interesting.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Lovely solid and readable
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Makes me feel less inclined to taste every start up that comes across my path. Still feeling the call to harvest my own wild yeast.
Marc Faoite
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic anthology of food writing. There wasn't an unpopped kernel in the whole batch. ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, food
Holly Hughes did a wonderful job selecting zeitgeisty pieces that manage to be humorous, heartfelt, and thoughtful
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Best Food Writing" is my annual treat to myself and 2016 didn't disappoint. In fact, though I tried to parcel out the collection, I succumbed to the inevitable and fitting binge-reading that overtakes me each year. Hughes curates yet another great collection...already ready for the 2017 edition.... ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: food
Read this anthology every year. First time I'm disappointed. Nothing new or original in this one. ...more
Pearse Anderson
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, nonfiction, essays
Like all of Hughes' anthologies thusfar, it had its shining moments (Brett Martin, Julia Kramer in this collection, among others). It didn't jostle me in like 2014 did—some essays weren't bad per se, but just sort of toppled off. I can blame this on authors trying to stretch a short bit of material to a worthy essay. Sometimes it doesn't work. But there's enough here that I would warrant another year of recommendation, and I will be analyzing the best of The Best to teach next Fall.

ALSO: whoever
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Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The best of this year's crop of Best Writing. I think it's consistently one of the best, unlike the Best American Essays and the Best Science and Nature Writing, because it doesn't pick a celebrity editor. Holly Hughes picks consistently great pieces, timely and timeless, and that's, in part, I think, because she has grown into the role. Nothing against any of the celeb editors of the other collections, but I feel there may be too much pressure in them to feel they have to present THEMSELVES in ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved the shared food stories.
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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. ...more

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