January 2nd, 2014
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

So it’s the end of 2013
Goodbye Cronut lines, goodbye Paula Deen

Now is the start of a brand new year
Time for a new pastry; time for more beer

Let’s look ahead to what this next year will mean
Like elite Jell-O shots, and star chefs who’ve gone green

Okay, enough with the tortured rhyming. More on the new beer cuisine later (just be on the lookout for more great chef and brewery partnerships, plus breweries in hotels). Here are five things we’re excited about in 2014.

December 26th, 2013
03:15 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

If you had to sum up 2013 in one word, what would it be? Me, I have to say doughnuts. Mostly because of the omnipresent Cronut, the pastry that mashed up croissants and donuts and got people lining up for hours and launched a trazillion knockoffs.

But don’t forget that this was also the year Dunkin' Donuts introduced their Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich for those who want a sticky sweet bun for their bacon and egg sammy. And there’s word that Krispy Kreme will soon introduce “Donut Theater” to the US. Basically, that’s a clever name for a make-your-own doughnut situation.

But enough about doughnuts. Let’s discuss a few other things that happened in 2013: the highs and the lows.


December 24th, 2013
04:45 AM ET
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2013 was a big, beefy year in food news, from the downfall of butter queen Paula Deen and blowback to Chick-fil-A over their stance on same-sex marriage to record levels of foodborne illness and some pretty public squabbles over how people treat restaurant workers.

We'll be sharing our favorite stories over the next few days, along with the ones we think most shaped the year in food (like, say, SNAP cuts, mysterious horse meat, trans-fats and the soul-lifting power of a hot meal in times of crisis), but for now, we're going strictly by the stats. Our readers clicked, shared and had plenty to say in response, and here are the top ten stories of 2013 in each of those categories:

- 10 Most Read

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Eat This List: 2014 food trend predictions
December 19th, 2013
05:00 PM ET
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This is the sixteenth installment of "Eat This List" - a semi-regularly recurring list of things chefs, farmers, writers and other food experts think you ought to know about.

As Eatocracy's editors, we're (that's Kat Kinsman and Sarah LeTrent) lucky enough to get to travel and eat all over the country, both for work and because it's what we love to do. We've seen some trends popping up in restaurants from coast to coast, and in 2014, here are a few we think stand a chance of catching on in more home and restaurant kitchens across the country.

Our favorite food stories of 2012
December 31st, 2012
01:15 PM ET
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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
A growing number of conservationists are advocating the consumption of invasive species in an effort to fend off environmental destruction, but are American eaters ready to order up roasted water rat and a side of kudzu vine?

Farmers aren't evil. Now can we have a civil conversation?
In 2012, we handed our bullhorn over to farmers like Ryan Goodman, Brian Scott, Craig Rogers and Mike Haley so consumers could speak with them directly about animal rights, GMO crops, the fallout of the 2012 drought and myths and misconceptions about where consumers' grocery dollars are going. It wasn't always pretty, but we saw it as a giant stride toward a better food system for everyone.

Chefs with Issues: Food for the heart
Chef Michael Anthony received the James Beard Award for Best Chef NYC in 2012, but he almost didn't live to see that day. He shared this meditation on hospitality and gratitude.

Hugh Acheson: Southern food, beyond the butter
Headlines about Paula Deen's diabetes disclosure (and lucrative pharmaceutical deal) abounded - along with some wholesale blame of Southern food for her condition. Hugh Acheson wasn't standing for that.

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Most popular Eatocracy posts of 2012 – pink slime, beer, Paula Deen and perfect coffee pouring
December 28th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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2012 was a huge year in food, from a "pink slime" lawsuit, an upswing in contamination and the devastation wreaked by a massive drought to Paula Deen's diabetes revelation, increased scrutiny of foie gras and pork producers, and the (likely) end of Twinkies.

We'll be sharing our favorite stories and the ones we think most shaped the year in food, but for now, we're going strictly by the stats. Our readers clicked, shared and had plenty to say in response, and here are the top ten stories of 2012 in each of those categories:

Ten Most Read

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Our favorite posts of 2011
January 2nd, 2012
11:30 AM ET
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Last week, we showed you our most popular posts by the numbers - which is dandy, to be sure - but sometimes the stats don't tell the whole story.

2011 was a massive year for us; we won an EPPY award for Best Food Website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over, traversed this wide, wild and wonderful country hosting Secret Suppers with some of the most passionate and intriguing people in food, the arts, politics and social justice. We also popped up on TV a whole bunch and pretty much spent every single day pursuing food stories that made us think, laugh, feel, scream, discuss, debate and, perhaps most importantly, get ourselves into the kitchen, where on occasion, we cooked squirrel.

Here are a few of our favorites.


Second helpings of 2011's most popular posts
December 29th, 2011
03:45 PM ET
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Lists! Lists! Lists! At this point in the year, our brains are collectively ground down to cornmeal mush, and second helpings of some tasty posts from the past twelve months seem like just the ticket. Tomorrow, we'll share our personal favorites, but today, we're serving up the top ten most read, shared and commented-upon posts from 2011.

Pull up a chair, strap on your feedbag and feast on the posts that posts that got folks clicking, chatting and passing along.

Most read

1. My first Thanksgiving with white people

2. Most honey sold in U.S. grocery stores not worthy of its name

3. Chocolate company CEO Pietro Ferrero dies in biking accident

4. The truth about Mexican food

5. Starbucks barista spills the beans, gets canned

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One year of Eatocracy
June 17th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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One year ago today, Eatocracy went live to the world, and while plenty of people are still a tad confused about how to pronounce it*, they've had no shortage of things to say. As managing editor, I couldn't be more delighted. We started this site because we love nothing more than talking about food.

I don't just mean waxing rhapsodic about the ultimate grilled cheese, perfect burger or shrimp etouffee - though we certainly enjoy sinking our teeth into those conversations. We love stirring the pot and getting people thinking, talking and typing back about all the issues, politics, relationships and emotions that go into feeding both your body and your soul.

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