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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Last Year, The Stranger Published the Best Writing About Hot Dogs in the World

Posted by on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Bethany Jean Clement's article "The 2011 Dyke March Wiener Taste Test" was selected for Best Food Writing 2012*. Here's the second paragraph of the piece:

For the purposes of the test, three representative weenies were selected. (We shall set aside the veggie dogs as a dangerous fringe element.) First, the low: the bottom-shelf supermarket dog. When I was a child, we were fed Bar-S—containing, among other things, unspecified tidbits of pork and beef and mechanically separated chicken, as well as corn syrup (2 percent or less of the latter, the label hastens to reassure). While among a certain set nowadays, serving kids Bar-S would get you reported to Child Protective Services, it claims to be the number-one-selling hot dog in America (with the dubious corollary claim "Only the best is branded Bar-S"). Interpreting the runes on my QFC receipt, it appears that last Saturday, a package of Bar-S Classic Franks was on special for just one dollar. That's 12 cents per dog. TWELVE CENTS. Is this a great country or what? (Or what.)

Seattle is represented elsewhere in Best Food Writing 2012, too: Local chef Greg Atkinson's recipe for homemade mayonnaise made the cut. (Bethany reviewed Atkinson's restaurant Marché back in June.) Congratulations to Atkinson and to Bethany!

* It's not Bethany's first time at this particular rodeo; her work has appeared in Best Food Writing anthologies of years past, too, which I'm pretty sure means she's quantifiably the best food writer in the world.


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I just LOVE the Dyke march weiner taste test article! Beautifully written, with a true up-to-date cultural sensitivity. I LOVE The Stranger! You are my people!
Posted by mr pinky on November 27, 2012 at 8:51 AM · Report this
Gawd, that was a fun article. I wish there were a food-writing anthology that really did draw from the entire world for its selections. Bethany surely would still make the cut. Last year the editor included a piece by a brit, but this year she doesn't appear to have got any further afield than Vancouver.
Posted by gloomy gus on November 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM · Report this
Cornichon 3
Brava, Bethany! Well done indeed.
Posted by Cornichon on November 27, 2012 at 9:18 AM · Report this
Jubilation T. Cornball 4
No surprise. Bethany's food writing is among my pantheon of favorites in the genre.
Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball on November 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM · Report this
kid icarus 5
Agree with all above and add my +1 felicitations.
Posted by kid icarus on November 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this

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