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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 2012 Edition edition (Oct. 23 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738216038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738216034
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3 x 20.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #323,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Boston Globe Bestseller, 11/4/12

Amazon.com 2012 Best Books of the Year: Food Lit

Booklist, starred review, October 2012
“This exciting series has taken a lot of the work but none of the pleasure out of tracking down outstanding expressions of the love of food. Now in its thirteenth edition, Best Food Writing is not falsely titled. There is nothing less than serious, exciting, entertaining, and edifying writing to be found here.”

Kirkus Reviews, 10/15/12
“Hughes once again pulls together the year’s tastiest examples from the growing field of food writing...In an era of celebrity chefs and much-hyped restaurants, this collection is thankfully absent the pretentious musings of restaurateurs and TV stars…A collection of strong writing on fascinating topics that will appeal to foodies and essay lovers alike.”

Infodad.com, 11/29/12
“This is food writing that goes beyond food itself, that sometimes deals with the intricacies of food preparation and consumption but even more often discusses what food means, what it stands for, where it fits into life rather than where it fits into our mouths and bellies. It is for readers who find the contemplation of food in a larger context particularly delicious.”

Bookviews blog, December 2012
“Filled with wonderful stories and essays that explore our fascination with the culinary arts.”

Library Journal, December 2012
“Not just for foodies! This will delight anyone who enjoys the pleasures of a good read and a good meal. Highly recommended.”

SeriousEats.com, 12/23/12
Best Food Writing 2012 lives up to its claim—the work included in this anthology is some of the best food writing I've read this year. The book succeeds in demonstrating the depth and creativity that food writers can accomplish. A must-read for aspiring food writers, obsessive readers, or those just looking for a fast, enjoyable read this holiday season.”

Curled Up With a Good Book
“Best Food Writing 2012 brings together a huge menu of deliciously provocative and thought provoking perspectives and information that is sure to whet the appetite of foodies. Highly recommended.”

Campus Circle 1/10/13
 “If your mouth doesn’t water while reading the Best Food Writing 2012, edited by Holly Hughes, then there is something wrong with your salivary glands. This collection of essays from publications like Gastronomica and Food & Wine easily encapsulates the best of the year.”

About the Author

Holly Hughes has edited the annual Best Food Writing series since its inception in 2000. The former executive editor of Fodor’s Travel Publications, she is also author of Frommer’s 500 Places for Food and Wine Lovers and Frommer’s 500 Places to Take the Kids Before They Grow Up. She lives with her family in New York City. 


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2052edc) out of 5 stars Pass the Plonk, Please Oct. 3 2015
By takingadayoff - Published on Amazon.com
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Something has happened to food writing over the past decade or so. So much of it now is dedicated to specialist topics such as sustainable farming, organic produce, head to tail cooking, dining experiences involving sous-vide or foam. These articles are like hanging out at a wine tasting where everyone is a wine snob and you don't know what they are talking about and you are reluctant to mention that your personal favorite is the vintage last year red that's sold in a jug.

I like stories about chili cook-offs or why someone decided to stop being a vegetarian or what it's like to be a wait person or dishwasher or busboy, which is what food writing was before the specialists got hold of it. Even the big chefs of old, Julia Child, James Beard, and other foodies like M.F.K. Fisher and Craig Claiborne, wrote essays that were about life beyond food, and they rarely took themselves too seriously.

This year's Best Food Writing starts out with the ponderous chef-heavy writing and works its way to the more personal essays. The best pieces are toward the back of the book. My favorite was an unexpected essay by comedy writer John DeVore. He declared that Taco Bell has the best Mexican food. Preposterous! Then he proceeded to back up his statement quite convincingly. The article started out with a dude-ish tone but quickly moved on to a more thoughtful and even touching conclusion.

Even Anthony Bourdain took a break from his tough guy posturing to write an ode to the clams of his childhood and the pleasure of passing on a tradition to his daughter. I also enjoyed the story of Friday Night Meatballs and that of Carolyn Phillips' connecting with her Chinese father-in-law by cooking a holiday meal with him.

There's enough variety in the collection to be sure that you won't walk away from Best Food Writing 2015 hungry.

(Thanks to DaCapo Books and Edelweiss for a digital review copy.)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa204e264) out of 5 stars A feast! Nov. 17 2012
By Lilith Mageborn - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been buying and reading the Best Food Writing series since BFW 2000 came out (the year it started) - and this, the 13th volume, has more pages added to it with an even more diverse range of topics. I love how Holly Hughes spots the trends and organizes the articles around the trends, which are relevant. I hope she keeps this up for years and years to come...because not only is she a genius at selecting the articles and discerning the trends, she does so deftly and it feels like returning to an old friend's kitchen table, picking up where we last left off, and having a feast.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2046d98) out of 5 stars Definetly want to read this one. May 4 2016
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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I love love love this book. It's a collection of essays of great food writing and all of the ones that I've read in here are amazing. They really connect how food writing isn't just about the food itself but it has to do with the people that you eat food with and the places where you eat food. There was only one or two that I thought were ehh. The essays made me cry, the made me laugh, and the essays made me remember why I loved eating food. This isn't one of those sit down and read the whole book type things its more of a book that you want to sit down and flip thru the pages until you find one that you want to read. It's a great book to keep around the house to inspire you! Would recommend this book!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa204e03c) out of 5 stars Good read between books Jan. 18 2013
By Hadar Bechor - Published on Amazon.com
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Since I love anything related to information and stories related to food this book is nice to pick up for short amounts of time - one article at a time. So far I've read two - both informative and fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa225ba74) out of 5 stars interesting and fun. Oct. 26 2015
By Laurie - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this 2015 writing after reading the 2014 edition.
It is diverse, interesting and fun.

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