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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The 2015 JBF Publication of the Year: Gravy

Directional, multiplatform, and enriching, Gravy, a publication of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), has a vital mission: “to document, study, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.” The SFA publication and its affiliated podcast deliver splendidly on that mission. Led by editor-in-chief John T. Edge, who is also director of the SFA, the magazine is edited by Sara Camp Arnold. Tina Antolini hosts and produces the Gravy podcast. Taken together, Gravy finds inventive and provocative ways to tell compelling stories.

 

Although slight in size, this quarterly magazine, delivered to all SFA members and paired with its weekly podcasts, is broad and effective in its editorial intent. We want to read it and listen to it, to engage with the foodways and oral traditions of real people. Neither generational nor biased, with stories both urban and rural, Gravy invites us into the cultural and... Read more >

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2014 JBF Publication of the Year: Civil Eats

Civil Eats

What began as a blog for a San Francisco–based event called Slow Food Nation has grown into a highly respected source of news and commentary about the state of our food system. Civil Eats was founded in early 2009 by publishing professionals Naomi Starkman and Paula Crossfield as a digital publication with a stable of more than 100 contributors and a mission to cover the evolving food landscape. And cover it they have: Civil Eats reports from the industrial tomato fields of Immokalee, Florida, to the kitchen garden at San Quentin prison; from mobile slaughterhouses to the manure lagoons of factory farms.

 

Among food journalists, Civil Eats has become a trusted primary source for complicated and timely food policy news, such as evaluating the recent Farm Bill and the nonessential use of antibiotics in livestock. 

 

For more than four years, everyone involved with Civil Eats worked without pay—a model that, although admirable, was hardly sustainable. Last... Read more >

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