Shameless Self-Promotion Department: Estabrook Nominated for Six National Food Journalism Awards. Read the Pieces and See What You Think

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All smiles

I’m am deeply honored to have received six food writing nominations for work I did in 2010. Three were from the International Association of Culinary Professionals; three from the James Beard Society. The judges for both competitions chose the same three pieces. My goal for 2011 is to learn how to spell.

An article I wrote for Gastronomica (a terrific journal–pick up a copy in your bookstore’s magazine section) entitled “A Tale of Two Dairies” chronicles the crisis dairy farmers face in the United States as the prices they receive spiraled downward. The solution can be found in the system just across the Canadian border, where small family farms still flourish. Special thanks to my editor, Darra Goldstein.

Click here if you would like to read the entire article.


I am also nominated for a profile I did for the New York Times Magazineabout Ingrid Bengis, a National Book Award nominated author (and wonderful woman) who, unable to stand the pressures of literary celebrity, retreated to a small island off Maine in the late 1970s. Due to her single-minded determination, seafood from that tiny community is now served in The French Laundry, Per Se, Jean Georges, and dozens of other leading restaurants, providing income, pride, and opportunity to her neighbors. Special thanks to my editor, Christine Muhlke.

Click here if you would like to read the entire article.


Finally, this blog was nominated. You don’t have to click anywhere to read it! Special thanks to all of you for dropping by.

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  1. melissa pasanen says:

    so happy to see you receive well-deserved recognition for your great work, Barry!

  2. Just read “A Tale of Two Dairies.” Excellent story and well deserving of nomination. A quick question for you – do you have an update on the status is of the Dairy Price Stabilization Act?

  3. Doc Willoughbhy says:

    About time that the best real journalist writing about food and farming got some recognition. Yay!

  4. Barry says:

    Thanks, Chris. Like so much else in Congress last year, it did not come up. The fall-back hope was to have it included in the 2012 Farm Bill. We’ll see. Barry.

  5. Barry says:

    Melissa and Doc, thanks. Means a lot coming from two people I respect as much as I do you. Barry.

  6. Wooooh hoooo!!! Congratulations. Also, congrats on the tomato book — the proofs are a good read.

  7. Christina says:

    Just discovered your site, it was passed along by a friend. Loved “A Tale of Two Dairies”, terrible to hear about the farmer who committed suicide, though. Such desperation should not have to happen.

    Being Canadian, and having family formerly in the dairy industry, I can attest that while the system is not perfect, it does guarantee a level of security for our producers which is nice. I do, however, see two problems with the way our agricultural/food industry in general currently runs (no matter on what side of the border you live).

    The first problem is consumerism. Consumers demand goods (speaking of only food here) for ever decreasing prices (and in some cases they are things we don’t need) which drives these large factory farms into existence, pushing out the smaller guys that I argue generally use more environmentally sustainable and ethical methods of production. Now there are a few other factors that come into play here which lead to consumers demanding lower prices, like the cost of living on a day to day basis, wages and the state of the economy, but the reality is that the majority of us live lifestyles far beyond what we need as a ‘basic’ lifestyle. We are all feeding this problem.

    The second problem is that these big factory farms and corporations are effectively controlling our food supply, and effectiviely dictating what we do and don’t eat, and what we’ll pay to eat it. I’m often puzzled that we allow this to happen, because the general sentiment when it comes to the government (especially south of the 49th, in talking to friends) is that the people don’t want government involvement… i.e. they don’t want to be dictated to in how they run their daily lives. How is a large corporation (or conglomeration of corporations) different from our government in this respect? We are allowing these companies to control our food supply!

    Thank you for your excellent journalism, the rewards were well deserved! You have a new subscriber in me. :)

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