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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Adds Food Writing Anthology to Best American Series

NEW YORKHoughton Mifflin Harcourt has announced that for the first time it will add The Best American Food Writing to its collection of Best American anthologies. The food writing edition will be the tenth category in the Best American series, joining The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Science and Nature Writing and The Best American Essays, among others.

The inaugural edition of The Best American Food Writing will be released in October 2018 and will be guest edited by the legendary food critic, author and editor Ruth Reichl. Reichl’s prestigious career has spanned every genre of food media including magazines, books, television and newspapers. Her invaluable contributions to the world of food writing have earned her six James Beard Foundation Awards. The series will be edited by Silvia Killingsworth, editor of The Awl and The Hairpin and former managing editor of The New Yorker.

“The explosion of variety and quality in American food culture has had an impact far beyond restaurants--from television to magazines to online media,” says Bruce Nichols, Senior Vice President and Publisher, HMH Trade Publishing. “It comes as no surprise that the quality and variety of writing about food has exploded, too. We are excited to add the Best American Food Writing to our venerable Best American program, adding a mug full of energy with a large handful of spices.”

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing

For nearly two centuries, HMH Trade Publishing has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, nonfiction, children’s books, and reference works. As part of a leading global learning company, it is uniquely positioned to offer educational and entertaining content for all audiences. Its distinguished author list includes ten Nobel Prize winners, forty-eight Pulitzer Prize winners, fifteen National Book Award winners, and more than one hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth, Temple Grandin, Tim O'Brien, and Amos Oz, and a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Kwame Alexander, Lois Lowry, and Chris Van Allsburg. HMH is also home to The Best American series®; The Whole30®, Weber Grill, Betty Crocker®, Better Homes and Gardens®, How to Cook Everything®,  and other leading lifestyle properties; the Peterson Field Guides®; CliffsNotes™; books by J.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children’s books and characters, including Curious George®, The Little Prince, and The Polar Express. For more information, visit

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