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newspaper food sections worth reading

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This is not a new topic ... but editors, etc. change and I'm wondering which food sections pple think are worth reading now (beyond the obvious big ones, SF/LA/NY etc). Especially interested in food sections that feature international-oriented content at least now and then.

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  1. The Sunday Telegraph magazine food section is excellent. It includes recipes, often from guest chefs (recently there were recipes from the Zuni Cafe), it also has details of excellent suppliers and there are restaurant reviews.

    Also good is The Observer which every month has Observer Food Monthly, an entire supplement all about food/restaurants/nutrition.

    I also like the Financial Times' food section on a Saturday, in its Weekend supplement - especially the receipes from Rowley Leigh.

    1. Just an fyi...you can find a ton of links to domestic newspapers' food sections at www.sautewednesday.com.
      Look along the right side of the home page, they are listed alpabetically by city...for some you need to register, but it's free.

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      1. re: Val

        This is a very nice resource, thank you.

        1. re: PayOrPlay

          You are welcome...I could spend hours there (and I think I already have!)

        2. re: Val

          http://ediblesanfrancisco.com/wordpress/ is where they are now. Sautewednesday is no more according to their website.

        3. Robert Wolke's column in the Washington Post, Food 101, is usually an interesting read. He fields culinary questions and responds from a scientific perspective.

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          1. re: butterfly

            This is true, but beyond this column the Post food section is not at all good.

            1. re: bacchante

              Agreed--like many papers that send articles out for syndication, the WP has experienced a marked decrease in relevancy and an increase in banality.

              The best food writing usually ends up in the Style section.

          2. I try to read the Detroit Free Press's food section online every Tuesday(not Wednesday, as in most cities). It's www.freep.com; then click on food. They have a real food editor who selects and tests recipes, although some are from other sources. I've gotten some great ideas from that site(tailgating, jam making, breakfast ideas from B&Bs around Michigan). Most newspapers, including ours in Cincinnati, have food sections culled from AP and other sources, very little original, except maybe local taste tests. Also, I notice many food sections shrinking. We used to have a whole section; now it's about a page on Wednesdays.

            1. I like the Miami Herald. Lots of articles on Latin American food, which sets it apart from the other U.S. sections. A good deal of food history as well.

              Link: http://www.afrolicofmyown.com

              1. Just so you know, the Boston Globe has a terrible food section on Wednesdays. The few recipes included usually have cranberries in them (we are in New England, after all!). There are usually only about 3 pages of short, short items ("Local baker makes homemade Valentines!"--crap like that). Then it morphs into a travel section and maybe a puzzle. Just pitiful.

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                1. re: poppytrail

                  "The few recipes included usually have cranberries in them (we are in New England, after all!)."

                  OK, while it's not the *greatest* of newspaper food sections, the Boston Globe recipes don't "usually have cranberries" in them.

                  Today they've got articles/recipes on a simple roast chicken, southern Indian food, seared haddock, deviled eggs, the uproar about foie gras and a commercial kitchen venture that helps out local food entrepreneurs. Nary a cranberry in the bunch.

                  Yes, it's not *all* recipes. But that's OK with me. I don't and never have expected a newspaper's food section to be ALL recipes. If I want all recipes, I go online or to a cookbook.

                  But if you do want the Globe's articles over the years, you can check out the archive linked below. (You might have to free-register.)

                  So yes - it's not a whole section long anymore. I doubt any newspaper does that they way they seemed to do years ago. But at least it's something. And with the Internet, I doubt most people are looking to their local paper for recipes.

                  Link: http://www.boston.com/dining/recipes/

                2. The St. Pete (Florida) Times' food writing eclipses the local subject matter. Very solid feature writing is the norm, covering topics such as day-boat grouper fishing, the Gulf shrimp and stone crab industries and food-related feature stories (not in the "food section") about recent immigrant groups including one regarding a particular Mexican town that, more or less, moved en masse to Clearwater over the past decade.

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                  1. re: JeffB

                    You don't happen to have the text of or a link that Mexican Village/Clearwater story, do you? And more important... how's their chow? (to be continued on the Florida board...)

                  2. I like:
                    The Contra Costa (county in CA) Times food section http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/c...

                    The San Jose (CA) Mercury News

                    Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

                    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

                    1. Personally, I like the Detroit News online food section the best

                      Link: http://www.detnews.com

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                        Miss Tenacity

                        WestWord (Denver): I adore Jason Sheehan's writing - the style is visceral and blunt, and his behaviors while collecting data are enviable. Even won a Beard award a year or two ago.


                        Link: http://www.westword.com/search/result...

                        1. The Taste section of the Minneapolis Tribune is excellent. I think it won an award recently. It has lots of recipes and interesting articles.

                          1. melbourne autralia has an awesome food section called epicure every tuesday in The Age that is filled with great recipes and strories chef profiles gourmet and restaurant news etc it fabulous!
                            and on saturday and sunday the food sections in the a2 section of The Age and the magazines on sunday are always current, witty and fresh yum!

                            1. The L.A. Times Food section is a shadow of its former self; and minus Jonathan Gold. However, anything Russ Parsons (How to Eat a Peach) writes is pure treasure.

                              1. The Sacramento Bee's food section is horrid! I like the SF Chronicle and NY times.

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                                1. re: melly

                                  I tend to agree with you, Melly. But I do really enjoy Rick Kushman's pieces.
                                  I like the SF Chronicle, also.

                                2. Here in the UK, I love The Observer's Food Monthly:


                                  Great articles and original recipes from the best chefs.

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                                  1. re: Paula76

                                    And a damn good restaurant critic as well in Jay Rayner. As he often says, he's a greedy man - my kind of critic.

                                  2. Don’t bother looking for one in the Montreal Gazette. They have a food section but it is just really bad but so is the whole paper. Shame as Montreal is a dream city for food lovers.

                                    1. The New Orleans Times Picayune has had great writers with superb recipes.
                                      Anything that Marcel Bienvenu writes is worth both the read and the cooking.

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                                      1. re: shallots

                                        Agree with New Orleans Times Picayune, (altho years ago it was many times better) http://www.nola.com/food/

                                        I've always liked The Miami Herald as well & have subscribed for years.
                                        Would love to read more current replies!