A Guide to Village Voice Food Coverage

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Just a friendly reminder that the Fork in the Road homepage isn't the only place where you can keep up to the moment on New York City's food and restaurant news.

You can follow us on Twitter @ForkintheRoadVV for quick, snappy updates.

Or you can like us on Facebook at Fork in the Road. We're likable, really!

Our comprehensive Dining Guide lets you browse restaurant listings, while our Restaurant Reviews offer deeper insight into the city's wide range of eateries.

And last, but certainly not least, we also have a Village Voice Tumblr, which has lots of pretty food photos.

See, we're all over the Internet!

See Ya, 2011: A Look Back at Our Top Posts of the Year

And we're done!

2011 was a big year for listicles here at Fork in the Road. Our weekly Friday "10 Best" posts nabbed eight of the 10 most popular stories of the year. Of course, we did more than name the tastiest (and occasionally worst) things to eat in New York and review fast-food items. We also highlighted the city's best baked goods, interviewed chefs and bartenders, sampled delicious cocktails, answered your dining questions, and highlighted delicious dishes you really ought to eat, plus much, much more. And now, before we don the hangover patches and break out the budget bubbly, let's take one last look at the top stories of 2011. Because after we get our New Year's drinking on, it's going to be a whole lot harder to remember.

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Sam Sifton to Be National Editor at The New York Times, New Restaurant Critic TBD

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See ya, Sam.
Well, after some speculation last week, it's now official: Sam Sifton, restaurant critic for The New York Times, has announced his departure from that position. As he wrote on Twitter just a few minutes ago, "I'm stepping down as restaurant critic to be the national editor of The Times. #checkplease." He leaves the position to be the paper's national editor, having been the chief restaurant critic (and, by association, the most important voice in New York City food criticism) for two years. Let the search for the new critic begin!

For more dining news, head to Fork in the Road, or follow us @ForkintheRoadVV, or me @ldshockey.

A Look Back at the Top Stories of 2010

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Sure, sure, a new year is now upon us, but as we usher in 2011, let's take a quick look down memory lane to see what stories reigned supreme on Fork in the Road in 2010. Come relive the year of Padma, the Pizzacone, and eating in Times Square.

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The Ten Best Cookbooks of 2010, According to Everyone Else


It's the end of the year, time for best-of roundups. Rather than create our own list of the top cookbooks of 2010, we took a look at everyone else's and determined which books overlapped the most. So without further ado, here are the 10 cookbooks you should have read by now (as compiled from The Daily Beast, Publishers Weekly, The New York Times, Serious Eats, NPR, Epicurious, The Piglet, Amazon, and Bon Appétit). And if not, well, that's what Santa's for.

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What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio

Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio
In 2006, Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio wrote Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, a gorgeous book made up of portraits of families from all over the world pictured with the amount of food they eat in a week. Each chapter also included a family recipe and a breakdown of the weekly cost of that food. It's completely fascinating, and although the predictable inequities are jarring -- some have far too much, others have far too little -- the book isn't just about highlighting abundance and poverty. The quotidian act of preparing food is something everyone does, and the details of a family's food life help us see their reality in a tactile, concrete way.

Menzel and D'Aluisio are about to come out with another book, this one a variation on the same idea -- What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, which comes out on August 10.

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Michael Huynh's Food Tour of Ho Chi Minh City; Eating Maharashtrian in Mumbai

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The New York Times' Travel section outdid itself on iinteresting food coverage in this weekend's Asia Pacific issue.

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Sietsema and Others Muse on the Future of Food Journalism

In this month's Columbia Journalism Review, Robert Sietsema pens a feature on the history of restaurant reviewing; the importance of anonymity; the increasing number of writers not only identifying themselves, but also accepting free meals; and how food blogs and sites like Yelp have changed the landscape.

It's a fascinating piece, and it raises questions for anyone who enjoys reading food writing. Do you care if a writer has gotten free food for a review? (Thankfully, that's never the case here at the Voice.) Is a piece useful to you if the reviewer has been fawned over, or knows the restaurateur personally?

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