Last week, The City Paper rolled out a new Culture section in its print edition as part of a redesign. Two of the pillars of that section will be familiar to Bites readers: Dana Kopp Franklin's Food Biz column will continue to appear weekly, and to that we're pretty thrilled to add Nicki Pendleton Wood's Eating Life column in the first issue of every month.
(Side note: If you have three names in your byline, you may be eligible to write about food for the CP.)
Why add a food column? There are a couple of reasons beyond the fact that we just like Nicki. First, if you're thinking about cultural coverage in a publication, you have to think about food. Dana's column covers the dining scene for us very well, but I wanted to add something for the home cook. Second, I've had a soft spot for Nicki's enthusiasm towards being in the kitchen ever since her time as food editor at the late great daily paper the Nashville Banner. I've always had the sense that she's excited about the process of making really tasty food, and that comes through in her column:
The eating lifer refuses to be an observer at the feast. If there’s good chocolate, we’ll eat three pieces. If Leland Riggan baked the cake, we’ll have a bit, thanks. If someone’s gone to the trouble to make jam, debone duck or section grapefruits, we dive in and enjoy.
The eating life is a highly malleable environment — if you don’t like a food, you select a different one. If nothing on the menu appeals to you, you go somewhere else. And recipes? They’re not writ on stone. You’re supposed to tinker with them.
With this month's piece are two pretty killer chicken recipes — one for curry roast chicken and another for chicken sliders.
Let us know what you think.