It’s that time of year again, time for people who are really into food to talk about some really big awards. Nominees for the 2013 James Beard Awards were announced this week, with appearances from the usual suspects: David Chang of the Momofuku empire, Suzanne Goin of Lucques and Paul Kahan of all your favorite Chicago restaurants (but this year mostly Blackbird) are all up for Outstanding Chef, April Bloomfield and Stephanie Izard are up for regional awards and the Bouchon Bakery cookbook and Andrew Zimmern are both up for a bunch of things.
But just as much as the Beard Awards are about good food, they’re also about good writing about good food, and this year’s crop has some interesting reads. So when you’re done clicking literally every link on our site, why not cozy up on your lunch break to one of these selections? But wait until you have some food in you, of course. Otherwise, you’ll just get hungrier.
- "Chicken of the Trees" by Mike Sula [Chicago Reader]
- "K-Y Jelly Is My New Jam" by Michael Procopio [Food for the Thoughtless]
- "A Pizza That Never Sleeps, Even In A Hurricane" by K. Ryan Jones [Storyboard]
- "Bangkok Pop, No Fetishes" by Tejan Rao [Village Voice]
- "Cooking Isn’t Creative, and It Isn’t Easy" by Alex Halberstadt [NYT Mag]
- "Adjika: Sauce of Glory, Pride of Abkhazia" by Oliver Bullough [Roads & Kingdoms]
- "As Common As Dirt" by Tracie McMillan [The American Prospect]
- The Obsessivore by Adam Sachs [Bon Appétit]
- "The Cheese Artist" by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl [Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine]