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From the Editor: 18 small joys after a hard year

Breton-STyle Kouign Amanna from Manresa Bread
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This post originally appeared on January 6, 2018, 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.


I don’t know about you, but I feel like I spent so much time and energy last year, especially towards the end of the year, focused on the things that made me mad — calling out the bad guys, trying to be inclusive of those left behind — in food journalism and the restaurant world, that I didn’t leave enough room in my head for feelings beyond anger and self-righteousness and doubt.

There are serious stories in this industry. There are serious issues. But what’s so great about our publication and the food world at large is that there is also so much joy to be had in it. There are ice cream sundaes and glamorous steakhouses and ugh I’m so cheesy, but there are legions of people who just want to make others happy through food.

So here, fresh into 2018, a list of joyful things. We might as well enjoy them before nuclear winter:

  1. Gabrielle Hamilton’s New York Times Magazine column
  2. Mimi Sheraton’s and Chrissy Teigen’s tweets
  3. These blue benches at this new restaurant in Denver
  4. The black forest cake at Rudy’s (which I ate on my birthday recently)
  5. Camille Becerra’s Instagram stories
  6. Tejal Rao’s everything, but definitely this piece about cakes
  7. These candy makers in Toronto
  8. All of the old Four Seasons and Le Cirque shout outs in Tina Brown’s The Vanity Fair Diaries
  9. Bobby Doherty’s photos and styling for this feature about dinner parties
  10. Missy Robbins’ leg of lamb recipe in her cookbook
  11. All the good stuff happening over at Taste
  12. Ottolenghi’s chocolate chip cookie recipe in his cookbook
  13. Danny Bowien’s Mind of a Chef season
  14. The pre-dinner snacks at Vespertine
  15. The kouign amann ($$$) at Manresa
  16. The hanging plant explosion at restaurants nationwide
  17. This Shake Shack plushie
  18. The shitty soup robot

On Eater

Concourse Restaurant Moderne
Photo by Adam Larkey

This week on the Upsell

This week on the Eater Upsell podcast, my co-host Dan Geneen and I talked restaurant-world trends with editors Serena Dai, Stefanie Tuder, and Bill Addison, and Instagram trends with our in-house social expert Adam Moussa. What are we seeing? Axe-throwing bars, blue banquettes, plants, champagne bars, neon, ube, table-side drama, fried squash rings, Detroit-style pizza, and beige “normie” food on Instagram. Meanwhile, here are 140 more 2018 food trends predicted by other people.


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