Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Food (Section) Fight: Week 3

Food (Section) Fight is my weekly look at The Washington Post's Food section and The New York Times' Dining section with my verdict on which section had the better content for the week.

This week wasn't very close, I have to say. The Washington Post led with Tim Carman's story about how the art of sushi in the United States is doomed. It's a well-researched story with perspectives from local chef Kaz Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro.

The thing is though, that I'm not a sushi-lover. So this didn't interest me that much. Neither did the other front-page stories about Chinese chef Peter Chang and his pairing Virginia wines with a Chinese New Year's feast nor the article about indoor food smoking (I live in a high-rise apartment building; no way I'll be attempting that).

The recipes this week didn't excite me either, except for the Slow-Cooker Spicy Curried Pork that accompanied Bonnie Benwick's article about a cookbook of slow-cooked French dishes.

The New York Times, on the other hand, had quite a few interesting things. Their cover story smartly taps into our nation's current heightened interest in Mormonism by exploring how younger Mormons are putting interesting spins on traditionally bland Mormon dishes. The potato gratin on the cover looks quite inviting (it's name, "funeral potatoes" is a little off-putting, although apparently it's not eaten at just funerals).

The restaurant articles on the front cover didn't interest me, but I was intrigued by the page 5 story about how Lady Gaga's parents are opening a restaurant on the Upper West Side.

The Deviled Crab Meat and Chicory Salad with Egg Dressing, although not something I plan to make, did make me think about doing something with endive and radicchio soon. And finally, I enjoyed the article about natural wines and the ensuing controversy around them.

Verdict: For the third straight week, the winner is The New York Times.


  1. Another week with the New York Times in the lead! It's time to step up your game, Washington Post!

  2. I'm hopeful that next week Washington Post will score its first win.