Fourteen years and more than 600 stories later, Da Capo Press' Best Food Writing series remains the definitive anthology for gastronomical prose.

Edited by Holly Hughes, who each year combs through a diverse range of food-centric publications to come upon the relatively small number of stories worthy of her missive, the 2014 edition features works by everyone from local food bloggers to prominent James Beard Award-winners — including the L.A. Weekly's own food critic Besha Rodell. 

Rodell's 2013 profile of L.A. pastry queen Sherry Yard is featured in Best Food Writing 2014 and in celebration, we have a copy of the book to give away to one lucky reader. 

The piece, Sherry Yard's Sweet Independence: After 19 Years With Wolfgang Puck, She's Creating Her Own Empire, was our main story from our 2013 Dessert Issue and shed light on the history, talent and new food ventures of Yard, Spago's longtime pastry chef.


In the Best Food Writing 2014 book, Rodell shares pages with a long list of other prominent authors, including: Elissa Altman, Dan Barber, Monica Bhide, Sara Bir, John Birdsall, Jane Black, Frank Bruni, Albert Burneko, Tom Carson, Brent Cunningham, John T. Edge, Barry Estabrook, Amy Gentry, Adam Gopnik, Matt Goulding, John Gravois, Alex Halberstadt, Sarah Henry, Jack Hitt, Steve Hoffman, Ann Hood, Silas House, Rowan Jacobsen, John Kessler, Kate Krader, Francis Lam, David Leite, Irvin Lin, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Daniella Martin, Dave Mondy, Erin Byers Murray, Rick Nichols, Kim O'Donnel, Josh Ozersky, Kevin Pang, Ben Paynter, Michael Procopio, Jay Rayner, Anna Roth, Adam Sachs, Eli Saslow, David Sax, Oliver Strand, Laura Taxel, JT Torres, Molly Watson, Joe Yonan and Eagranie Yuh. 

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