The 2016 JBF Publication of the Year: Lucky Peach

The rapid flowering of food writing over the last couple of decades presents a cultural moment: why food, and why now? We know why we want to eat it: we’re hungry, and it tastes good. But why do we want to complicate matters and tell stories about it? When so much writing about the cultural products we consume—film, music, the fine arts—has begun to contract and wither, why has food writing flourished to an unprecedented degree?

 

It’s more than just the food. Sure, we’re obsessed with food and restaurants and cooking and ingredients and sourcing—each of these obsessions spawning its own set of political obsessions in turn. But we’re also language-obsessed. We tell stories about food because food gives us the opportunity to tell stories we haven’t told about ourselves, in a language that’s as elemental as anything on our plates.

 

And that’s where Lucky Peach comes in. Since 2011, when David Chang, Peter Meehan, and Chris Ying... Read more >

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What We're Reading: January 20, 2015

 

David Chang says ramen is dead. [Lucky Peach

 

Cat cafés are so 2014: get your pet on at the new Dog Cafe opening in L.A. in February. [FWF

 

The European Union has approved new legislation that will let EU member states independently decide if they want to grow GMO crops. [Yahoo! News

 

Explore these potential spots for urban agriculture and renewal in your own backyard. [Civil Eats

 

Even after a century, vegans and vegetarians still go nuts for Braggs Liquid Aminos. [... Read more >

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