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Three Classic Food Writers Who Will Elevate Your Palate

July 2018Words by Ms Miranda York

Food is deliciously subjective. Any writer, preferably a good writer, can talk about it, dipping in to the memories it evokes. And there’s plenty to dip in to. Meals punctuate the hum of everyday life, while also punctuating each year with feasts and festivities. The best food writers draw you in with wit and humour, often exposing their own vulnerabilities through the deceptively simple subject of food. As Ms MFK Fisher once said, “Our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.” And so, whether you regard yourself as a gourmand or not, here are three food writers who will elevate your bookshelf as well as your palate.  

Mr Richard Olney at his home in Provence, France, 1979. Photograph by Ms Susan Heller Anderson/New York Times/Redux/Eyevine