Turn that frown upside down, because after yesterday's hater parade, it's time for Eater's panel of food writers and experts to weigh in on what they loved in 2014. Los Angeles and Australia were big, and lots of folks loved the cookbooks of 2014 (especially the baking and pastry variety). Bread gets some love after years of carb aversion, and Instagram is not just reshaping how people dine but how they learn about food. Below, the 2014 Year in Eater Thumbs Up list — as always, feel free to add your picks in the comments.
"The new Australian gastronomic scene. Chefs like Jock Zonfrillo, Matt Stone and Ben Shewry paves the way working with indigenous Australian ingredients. Zonfrillo is the brave one, he works directly with Aboriginal people, which is previously unheard of. We also have to mention the new generation of talented Australian winemakers who produce delicious natural wines that unfortunately rarely reach the rest of the world."—Per-Anders Jörgensen and Lotta Jörgensen, Editors-in-Chief/Founders, Fool Magazine
Media and Cookbooks
"I feel like this is a deeply uncool thing to say but I loved the movie Chef and what it represented. There have been many food movies over the years and some of them have been fantastic. But I think the fact that Jon Favreau and Roy Choi did the ditch-digging to get the details right reflects a changing context — we want to see true cooking and real, beautiful food on screen because we are a maturing audience and we know what to look for. But then you compare that with something like the idiotic and absurd Hundred-Foot Journey, in which characters swoon over the aroma of big-Ag tomatoes and a Michelin-starred chef cooks with ground spices that have been languishing in a closet for a decade…and you see we have a long way to go." —Jordana Rothman, Food Writer