Here at Bay Area Bites, we believe in food, everyday. Eating food, thinking about food, writing about food, reading about food. Food is a daily thing, except perhaps for the occasional fast. Personally I’ve never understood why newspapers don’t feel the same way. I mean, there’s a daily sports section, a daily weather section, etc. I don’t think I’m alone in believing that food is a more compelling read than either of those subjects!

The funny thing is that although there may not be a daily food section in the paper, food is in the news just about every day. Last week, for example, there was a story about two German men who broke into a supermarket and only stole cake. It sounds like a Saturday Night Live episode, but it really happened. Personally I know how those robbers felt. There are times I would love to break into the Original Swenson’s just up the block from my apartment.

What other food stories are there in a typical day? In addition to the German cake robbers there was also a story about an American company buying a Tequila company in Mexico. Another story featured food prices being cut in a university canteen in China. From Australia came a story about an Iraqi food-for-oil scandal. Meanwhile stateside the city of Tucson was reportedly cracking down on illegitimate food vendors.

If I was a newspaper editor, food would definitely get more coverage. Instead of food stories getting tucked away in the business section, the health section and the real estate section, the food section would run eveyday. Though it is possible that people might complain, what with the sports section almost completely preoccupied with concession offerings and beer reportage. Hot dog, anyone?

Food in the News 6 September,2006Amy Sherman

  • shuna fish lydon

    I have been bothering The NY Times about this for years. Like many other food industry sorts I would love to be able to receive just the Wednesday section, or Wednesday and Sunday. Alas, still no go.

    I imagine that newspapers do feel like it’s the food section all the time every day: they write food for thought.

  • wendygee

    You can receive topic NYTimes newsletters online — The New York Style newsletter includes Food, Fashion and Living on Wed. You need to be a member but it’s free. Once you are a member go to the Member Center to select email newsletter preferences.

  • Amy Sherman

    Now if only they could send my poor unloved sports setion to someone who really wants it…!

  • Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic

    What a great post, Amy! I totally agree in every way.


Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman began blogging in 2003, because all her
friends and family were constantly asking her where
and what to eat. Three months after it launched,
Forbes chose her blog, Cooking with Amy, as one of the
top five best food blogs, praising her writing as
“smart, cozy and witty”. Since then her blog has been
featured and recipes reprinted in many newspapers and
magazines in the U.S. and the world.

In addition to regularly updating her blog, Amy is a
guest contributor to the blog, and
Contributing Editor of Glam Dish. She also writes
restaurant reviews for SF Station.

Her focus on Bay Area Bites is primarily cookbook
reviews along with some interviews and current events.

Amy is a recipe developer and freelance food writer.
She is author of WinePassport: Portugal and wrote the new introduction to the classic cookbook, Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book, published by the University of Nebraska Press. She recently completed 45 recipes for a Williams-Sonoma cookbook and wrote her first piece for VIA magazine.

She is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, tech journalist Lee Sherman.

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