I don’t usually dedicate entire posts to books I’ve read. In this case, though, the book is about the very things this site is (food stories for magazines, blogs, books, etc.), so I figured that warrants an exception.
Best Food Writing 2009 is exactly what the title suggests. It compiles a selection of last year’s best food-centric stories for magazines. You’ll find clips from Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, The New Yorker and Saveur, as well as sites like Chow.com and eGullet.org. I finished my review copy last weekend, in the air somewhere between Chicago and Charlotte, North Carolina, and I have to tell you: I was sad it had to end.
What’s so great about collections like this one, which was edited by Holly Hughes and features work by big-name authors like Calvin Trillin, Ruth Reichl and Frank Bruni alongside essays from new-to-me-but-no-less-gifted writers, is it gives you tastes of so many different writing styles. Enjoy journalistic, personal, probing and funny pieces that all have one chief thing in common: a skilled command of language and information that makes you think, whether about the ethics of meat or the community of sitting around the table.