Congratulations to City Paper’s own food editor and Young & Hungry blogger, Tim Carman, whose has been officially selected to appear aloongside that of Calvin Trillin, Ruth Reichl, and Alice Waters in Da Capo’s forthcoming Best Food Writing 2010 anthology. The winning selection: Tim’s acid-tipped City Paper essay from last fall on the legacy—and future—of Zagat restaurant guides. A sample:

The Zagat guide turned 30 years old this year, and in honor of the occasion, I’d like to give founders Tim and Nina Zagat a hearty thanks for all their years of service to the restaurant industry. And, if I may, I’d like to offer some friendly advice, too: You can go away now.

Or you can read the whole thing here.

The anthology doesn’t officially drop until October, but anyone eager to read other bound-and-printed versions of Tim’s work can pick up copies of Best Food Writing 2009 and Best Food Writing 2008, both of which also featured his writing.

Incidentally, Tim will be focusing on the Zagat books again this week in his column, which looks at what the latest edition of the venerable guide says—or doesn’t say—about what’s changed in D.C.’s restaurant scene. Click back Thursday to check it out.