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The Best American Food Writing 2018
The Best American Food Writing 2018 | Ruth Reichl, Silvia Killingsworth
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Legendary author and food critic Ruth Reichl collects the year's finest writing about food and drink.
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Lindy
The Best American Food Writing 2018 | Ruth Reichl, Silvia Killingsworth
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The final essay in this collection is by Wyatt Williams, writing about John McPhee and his seminal work, “Oranges.”
“Nothing has given me more license to try to be interesting about boring things than reading John McPhee.”
I am a big fan of McPhee also. But I wouldn‘t call oranges a boring topic.

(Above: I made candied orange peel today.)

twohectobooks Looks delicious! 2mo
Avanders Oooh it looks like jalebi!! I bet it‘s delicious 🤤 2mo
Lindy @twohectobooks @Avanders I had all this organic citrus strained out after making vin d‘orange, so I thought I would try making something with them. Turned out all right. 🍊👍 2mo
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Megabooks Yum!! 2mo
batsy I want some!! 😍 2mo
Lindy @Megabooks @batsy Next step: store some of the dried peels in sugar (for use in baking) and dip some of them in chocolate (to eat like candy). 2mo
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Lindy
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I love reading about food so this collection is a tasty smorgasbord. The only piece I‘d previously read was about shojin ryori (from Saveur magazine) & it was nice to revisit the article after experiencing Buddhist temple cuisine in Japan. Francis Lam—of The Splendid Table podcast—writes how food connects a Malaysian immigrant to her country of origin. Pizza stylings, agribusiness, socioeconomic politics of food, NBA‘s PB&Js & more. 😋

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Lindy
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April‘s weather hasn‘t been great but the upside of that is lots of time for reading. 😎

TheNerdyProfessor You're a reading beast! 😎 2mo
kspenmoll Definitely a reading beast like @TheNerdyProfessor stated. 2mo
Centique Whoa - that‘s legendary! 🙌 2mo
Lindy @Centique ☺️ 2mo
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Lindy
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Maybe I would have learned this reading anything, but I learned it reading cookbooks: words can be used to make an idea more precise or more vague, to make something clear or to blur its edges. Some writers are good at imagining people who don‘t live a life exactly like their own, and others seem incapable.
—Tejal Rao, The Joy of Reading About Cooking

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Lindy
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Farmers poured out almost 50 million gallons of unsold milk last year—actually poured it out, into holes in the ground—according to US Department of Agriculture data. In an August 2016 letter, the National Milk Producers Federation begged the USDA for a $150 million bailout.
—Clint Rainey, The Mad Cheese Scientists Fighting to Save the Dairy Industry

Texreader 🤬 2mo
Palimpsest It‘s a horrible waste and devastating for dairy farmers. I‘m hoping for a lot of changes in 2020. 2mo
Lindy @Texreader @Palimpsest Agribusiness is troubling in so many ways. ☹️ 2mo
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Lindy
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I got fired often, although never for reasons related to job performance. The most common reason was a mysterious word—insubordination—essentially a pretext used by power-mad bosses to shed themselves of people they didn‘t like.
—Chris Offutt, The Country Sausage That‘s Going to Town

Fridameetslucy As a glutton for cookbooks and all thing culinary let us know if you would reccommend it when you finish it (edited) 2mo
Lindy @Fridameetslucy I‘ve only got 60 pages left. Based on the first 211 pages, I have no hesitation in recommending this. I will post a review soon. 😊 2mo
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I struggle with the equation of food with love, of effort with love. Women especially are held to a standard that equates cooking with a way to express love and care. […]
My grandmother‘s love was in opening a can of soup and heating it over a stove burner. She didn‘t make broth from scratch. She didn‘t dice vegetables or braise meat. We were poor and she was tired. There is no other way to say it.
-Marissa Higgins

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A wide range of perspectives, from a profile on Azerbaijan cuisine by Anya von Bremzen to an article from ESPN Magazine about the NFL's obsession with peanut butter and jelly. Three of the essays had ties to South Carolina, including an examination of legacy of racism with our BBQ and whitewashing of "craft culture." The #metoo movement is a focus of two essays including the acclaimed New Yorker piece, "Mario Batali and the Appetites of Men."

Fridameetslucy Sold me. 2mo
ReadingEnvy @Fridameetslucy I hope you like it! 2mo
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Christine
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@EllieDottie!!! THANK YOU for this amazing array of gifts. Your theme of a foodie‘s Christmas was just perfection. LOVE the metal alphabet mugs and feel like they would totally be used at Hogwarts. Speaking of, ❤️❤️❤️ the candle (as great-smelling as it is adorable) and the card!! The cookie mix/cutter, spatula, and coffee will be put to work simultaneously very soon. 😋 And the truffles are incredible...hope you got some for yourself, too!! ⬇️⬇️

Christine I have wanted to read the Abu-Jaber FOREVER, and there was some squealing when I saw the tagged book - it‘s been at the very top of my mental TBR since before it came out! SO sweet that you connected the gorgeous Scandinavian Christmas book to my WI upbringing (and I also went to the MOST Scandinavian college imaginable in Minnesota) - can‘t wait to read and cook from that!! ⬇️⬇️ 7mo
Christine And your other Christmas book pick sounds so good and also has a personal connection since I went to grad school in Boston! I truly, truly love everything and am so touched by your thoughtfulness and generosity. I hope you were similarly spoiled!! ❤️❤️❤️ #stuffedstockingswap #sss (edited) 7mo
LazyDays What an adorable package!💓💕 7mo
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EllieDottie Thank you so much for your message! I‘m so glad you liked everything! 😊🎄Merry Christmas! (edited) 7mo
Christine @EllieDottie Merry Christmas to you, and thanks again for all of the treasures! ❤️ 7mo
Christine @LazyDays It really was!! ❤️ 7mo
Avanders 😍🎄❄️🥰♥️ 7mo
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An extremely solid addition to the Best American lineup. Reichl did an excellent job pulling together articles covering a huge range from within the general topic of “food” - craft culture, the tasting experience, #metoo and systemic racism, food science, food celebrity, and on and on.

Second book finished for #readathon.

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