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Celebrating the Good News From 2019

From the Editor: Everything you missed in food news last week

Jason Chow stands behind a table with a butchered pig, for his butchery demo at the Eater Young Guns Summit.
A demo at our Young Guns Summit, one of many wildly popular events thrown by food media groups this year.
Alyssa Ringler

This post originally appeared on January 4, 2020 in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.

Happy 2020. Usually I use this space to celebrate something we’re doing at Eater or complain about something that’s annoying me. Today, to fulfill one of my resolutions to be a more positive (and less petty!) force, I want to take a moment to recognize all the good news in food media, outside of this publication, in 2019.

The LA Times’ food section relaunched with some of my favorite writers and a mandate to reinvigorate what had become a wan section. Soleil Ho provided a jolt to the SF dining world with her fearless, starless reviews. Bon Appetit changed the game on Youtube, creating real world celebs out of their test kitchen talent, and earning spots on many year-end best-of TV lists. The New York Times food section continued to dominate the recipe space with the utility of the app and invested in new voices in its weekly section.

Food52 now has a product line. Infatuation, NYT, LAT, and Bon Appetit sold out events across the country. Texas Monthly got a taco editor. Mark Bittman launched a food site with Medium. Infatuation is bringing back Zagat. Joe House and Dave Chang attract tens of thousands of listeners (or more?!) to their weekly food podcasts. My favorite industry newsletter saw a 15% jump in subs.

More often than not when I think of my friends and rivals in food media, I think about who or what I would like to destroy. Because I am weak and competitive. But honestly, it’s wonderful to see so many voices and publications thriving as we suffer so many losses on the local news (and local criticism) front.

If I’m reading the tea leaves correctly, 2020 is going to be an even bigger one in the world of food storytelling. The momentum and audience and subscriptions are there. And people will want a break from news of the election, the impeachment, and the ongoing and future environmental tragedies. Food is political but it can also be a balm. And I expect we’re going to need it.

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Inside Georgie in Dallas.
Prepare to see a lot of curved lines a la Georgie in Dallas in 2020
Garrett Hall/Eater Dallas

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