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