The Best Food Writing from the James Beard Awards The Ten Best Food Stories You Should Read From the James Beard Awards
If you don't live near any of the restaurants honored in last week's James Beard Awards, at least you can still read the great stories nominated in the journalism categories.
Here are a couple of my favorites (not all of them were official winners):
“My Mom Couldn’t Cook”
Tom Junod in Esquire
The story of Junod's mother's cooking and his decision to be his family's cook.
“Captain of the Happier Meal”
Rachael Moeller Gorman in Eating Well
A road trip with Joe Hibbeln, M.D., who believes our diet is making us depressed, addicted, and violent—and thinks he’s found a simple solution.
“Fruit of the Future”
Dan Koeppel in Saveur
If monoculture and disease spells the end for the world's most popular banana, could we be headed for a better-tasting banana revolution?
“CPS Won’t Let Kids Eat Their Vegetables”
Monica Eng in the Chicago Tribune
Why Chicago Public Schools wouldn't allow fresh tomatoes, basil, and other produce—grown by hard-working student gardeners—in the lunchroom.
“Joan Gussow, Teacher of Teachers”
Brian Halweil in Edible Manhattan
A profile of a woman who wouldn’t stop asking questions, and her tireless war against the industrialization of the American food system.
“A Tale of Two Dairies”
Barry Estabrook in Gastronomica (subscribers only)
The story of how dairy farmers banded together to propose a radical solution to the price fluctuations that have characterized the dairy crisis in the Northeast: control of the milk supply.
“Great Grocery Smackdown”
Corby Kummer in The Atlantic
A skeptic pushes his cart through the plastic-wrapped produce aisles to find out whether Wal-Mart, America's biggest retailer, could really be saving small farms and making us healthier.
“The History of Urban Agriculture Should Inspire Its Future”
Tom Philpott on Grist
As urban gardening catches on in hipster circles, Philpott takes a historical long view for a lesson on the future of sustainable cities.
“99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die”
Jonathan Gold in LA Weekly
If there's a lesson here, besides where to eat in Los Angeles, it's how to write a listicle worth reading.
“Popcorn: Cinema’s Worst Enemy”
Rosecrans Baldwin on Slate
An inspired screed against the snack. Rational? No. Funny? Yes.
The Feminist Life: Free the Auto Show Model Women now work in all facets of the automotive industry, not just as models rolling around on the hood of a car.
Turning Rubbernecking in Bangladesh into a Lifesaving Moment Without 9-1-1 or a reliable ambulance system, one med student and 100 volunteers launch a mobile-based emergency response system
Female Monks Challenge Buddhism’s Misogynistic Tendencies Long relegated to being the handmaidens of the more revered male monks, devout Thai women are now establishing their own religious order
If You Really Love Nature, Don’t Live Anywhere Near It Almost universally, people living in urban locations have a much smaller environmental footprint.
For Ernesto Yerena, Los Angeles is the City of Hustle and Hope Artist Ernesto Yerena’s visual love letter to the City of Hustle and Hope.
Books Stop Bullets at Tragic FSU Shooting A tragic shooting, a confusing profile of a would-be-killer, and a student saved by his library books
These Grandmas Smoke Pot For The First Time. And They Absolutely Love it. They take a few epic bong rips before waxing poetic on the merits of ironing, mistake a vaporizer for a sex toy, and stonily lose track of whatever thoughts they were briefly attempting to articulate.
If You See One Iranian Vampire Western Movie This Year, Make it This One The chador-wearing, skateboarding, vampire protagonist of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night would fit right in to a John Hughes movie
There’s No Reason for Any Nation Not to Vaccinate its Feral Dogs Targeting the semi-wild dogs that roam city streets and rural hamlets all over the world can break the chain of rabies transmission and eliminate cases in humans
The Secret Origin of Neil deGrasse Tyson It took perseverance, intense training, and a willingness to defy expectations to turn a curious kid into the sharp, affable scientist we know today.
VITAMINS 101: Know What You Need Get the dish on your nutrition
Games Theory: 6 Views of a Mockingjay Just how socially relevant is The Hunger Games? Let us count the ways.