Synopses & Reviews
Best Food Writing 2006 assembles, for its seventh year, the most exceptional writing from the past year's books, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and Web sites. Included are the best writers on everything from celebrated chefs to the travails of the home cook, from food sourcing at the greenmarket to equipping one's kitchen, from erudite culinary history to food-inspired memoirs. Like past collections, the 2006 round-up will include pieces from food-writing stars such as Robb Walsh, Ruth Reichl, Thomas McNamee, John Thorne, Calvin Trillin, Amanda Hesser, Colman Andrews, Jason Epstein, and Jeffrey Steingarten. Opinionated, evocative, nostalgic, brash, thought-provoking, and sometimes just plain funny, it's a tasty sampler to dip into time and again, whether you're in the mood for caviar or hot dogs.
"In this excellent collection, Hughes brings together an eclectic mix of writing by restaurant reviewers, chefs, food writers and food lovers that succeeds in connecting distinctly different writing styles with a common thread of respect for and fascination with eating. Hughes separates the essays according to such themes as 'The Food Chain,' 'Home Cooking,' 'Someone's in the Kitchen' and 'The Restaurant Biz,' and culls from publications as well-known as Bon Apptit to the lesser-known enRoute. The pieces range from technical ('The Blowtorch Gourmet' by Par Chris Johns) to intensely personal (Floyd Skloot's 'Jambon Dreams'). In 'Mama's House,' Jason Sheehan cruises the streets of Denver in search of 'Mama,' a Ghanaian refugee who operates a kitchen out of her home, cooking at all times of the day for whoever shows up on her doorstep. Frank Bruni, the New York Times's dining critic, gets a look at how the other half lives in his humorous and humble 'My Week as a Waiter.' Other standout pieces include 'A Mentor Named Misty' by Gabrielle Hamilton, and 'The Egg Men' by Burkhard Bilger, which explores the cavernous kitchens of the Las Vegas hotel industry." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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 New York City with Kids.
She lives with her family in New York City.