Every year around this time, Marlowe & Company’s Best Food Writing series drops a volume of sweet prose in our hands to remind us that some journalists actually can chew and write, though probably not at the same time. These compilations have included a number of local writers over the years, including Tom Sietsema from the Washington Post and Todd Kliman from the Washingtonian, but when compared to our New York colleagues, D.C. just doesn’t represent.
Think of the Pannies, then, not just as our frying pan to the head of those local scribes who have served up a steaming plate of shitty prose this year but also as our service to the world of food literature. Only through informed public ridicule—from a column that has consistently been above criticism—can we hope to improve our food journalism—and make the hallowed pages of Best Food Writing.
Pannie Winners for 2007
by Joe Yonan
for the Washington Post, June 27
THE CLINCHER: “The two contestants in our invitation-only grilling smackdown were chosen to represent the two sides of the eternal gas-vs.-charcoal debate. But they ended up also carrying the flags for two approaches to cooking. This competition shaped up into city vs. country, restaurant vs. joint, chef vs. cook.”