A few days ago, we shared our most clicked, shared and commented-upon stories of 2012, but life isn't always a popularity contest. Here are a few food stories we're proud to have shared.
Eat them before they eat everything
Farmers aren't evil. Now can we have a civil conversation?
Chefs with Issues: Food for the heart
Hugh Acheson: Southern food, beyond the butter
Why your grandma swipes sugar packets
Clarified – Is foie gras fair game or foul play?
Clarified – What are gestation crates?
This is the year you garden
A five-step plan for overcoming picky eating (a.k.a. an open letter to Anderson Cooper)
Opinion: Why I’m celebrating Chick-fil-Gay Appreciation Day
Chefs with Issues: Immigrants in the kitchen
The bitter truth behind the chocolate in your Easter basket
Anthony Bourdain: Eat out and tip big to save NYC restaurants after Sandy
Where does your grocery money go? Mostly not to the farmers
No one warns you about the durian burps
And it wouldn't be a complete meal without a little bit of barbecue.
Also, we've got nothing but love for the intrepid and excellent Emily Smith who not only faced down her own personal food boundaries to eat a multi-course blood menu, but also researches and writes the vast majority of our the daily food holidays posts. Same goes for our thoughtfully-quaffing beer columnist Nathan Berrong, in-house booze historian Sam Meyer, superstar newshound Emanuella Grinberg, brilliant bosslady Melonyce McAfee and man-in-the-field Jeremy Harlan, who kept us apprised of culinary news along the campaign trail. We also are grateful to the Southern Foodways Alliance with letting us showcase their smart, soulful, insightful take on the most fascinating cuisine in all the land.
Here's to a sustainable, ethical, drought-free, open-minded, spirited and delicious 2013!