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foodfirst Apr 13, 2005 02:14 AM

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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    shallots Apr 23, 2009 05:43 PM

    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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      Isabella Aug 16, 2009 12:00 PM

      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!

    2. Withnail42 Apr 22, 2009 05:38 PM

      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. Paula76 Apr 22, 2009 05:24 PM

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


        Great articles and original recipes from the best chefs.

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          Harters Apr 23, 2009 03:38 PM

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

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          melly Apr 16, 2009 12:56 PM

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

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            jennyfur Apr 16, 2009 01:40 PM

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

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            laliz Apr 15, 2009 03:27 PM

            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.

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              umbushi plum Apr 15, 2009 02:59 PM

              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!

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                Connie May 19, 2005 12:11 AM

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

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                  Miss Tenacity Apr 14, 2005 08:08 PM

                  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...

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                    jlawrence01 Apr 14, 2005 03:00 PM

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

                    Link: http://www.detnews.com

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                      Nancy Berry Apr 13, 2005 10:50 PM

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

                      The San Jose (CA) Mercury News

                      Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

                      St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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                        JeffB Apr 13, 2005 03:40 PM

                        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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                          butterfly Apr 13, 2005 04:36 PM

                          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...)

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                          poppytrail Apr 13, 2005 01:42 PM

                          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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                            Linda W. Apr 13, 2005 05:14 PM

                            "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/

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                            Frolic Apr 13, 2005 09:47 AM

                            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

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                              sudiepav Apr 13, 2005 09:11 AM

                              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.

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                                butterfly Apr 13, 2005 08:37 AM

                                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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                                  bacchante Apr 14, 2005 09:31 PM

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

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                                    butterfly Apr 15, 2005 07:43 AM

                                    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.

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                                  Val Apr 13, 2005 06:55 AM

                                  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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                                    PayOrPlay Apr 13, 2005 03:06 PM

                                    This is a very nice resource, thank you.

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                                      Val Apr 13, 2005 03:16 PM

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

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                                      melly Apr 16, 2009 12:58 PM

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

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                                      londonosher Apr 13, 2005 05:58 AM

                                      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.

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