But she recommended the Claudia Roden article and so I read it and now I recommend it too. I especially like it when the author presses the point with Roden about what actually makes a recipe authentic. (103)
I also liked a short portion of McPhee's article, about a diet of edible wild plants. (87-88)
And I liked the beginning and end of Acocella on the Dante translation. When she was talking about the actual translation, and the notes. (127 & 131-33)
I loved (not in the food issue, but relevant) John Seabrook, "Annals of Agriculture, Sowing for the Apocalypse, The creation of a global seed bank" about the politics and history of monoculture and seed banks. Aug 27 (60-71)
In that same issue was the sort of unsatisfying Alex Ross on Copland, which ended beautifully, when it stopped trying to be so historical. (40)
And Paul Goldberger's "Retro Opulence on Central Park West" had a lot of zingers.
My mother also thought Thurman's colonic spa thing was a testament to what is wrong with the world today. I read it first thing.
And, if, as Emdashes' link suggests, Gopnik's essay in the food issue was him implying that other people are "privileged, nostalgic and naive" I definitely have to read it.