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Every year in food media is bigger than the next. In 2014, we cheered, we sobbed, and we groaned. We spent a lot of time poring over magazine and websites, reading articles that made us wish we had put those words together.
Here's what we'll remember from food media in 2014. And since we couldn't possibly cover everything, please share your own thoughts with us in the comments.
- Cherry Bombe magazine held its inaugural Jubilee conference in March, celebrating women in food with talks from chefs like Gabrielle Hamilton and Suzanne Goin and food media personalities like Ruth Reichl and Christine Mulkhe.
- After launching the site in beta in May, the New York Times rolled out the shiny new NYT Cooking page in September with Sam Sifton at the helm.
- After 25 years, Food Arts magazine announced it would be stopping publication. We're sad to see it go.
- Eater brought on Helen Rosner to head a new Features section and broaden the scope and depth of what the website covers (and it resulted in articles like this one).
- Bon Appétit and Epicurious joined forces to create one of the industry's largest platforms, with Bon App editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport overseeing both editorial teams.
- Saveur launched a digital site to accompany its India issue.
- Food & Wine introduced FWx, a new lifestyle site for "the wanton and wicked" -- a.k.a. the food-obsessed millennials.
- Vice gave us Munchies, a new website and digital media channel dedicated to food.
- Sunset Magazine sold the iconic headquarters in Menlo Park, California that it has occupied since 1951.
- Ben Mims delivered a personal, important speech on sexuality in Southern kitchens at the 17th Southern Foodways Alliance.
- Cooking site and online shop Food52 raised $6 million in additional funding. Now hold on a second...that's us!
- Food & Wine announced that it would follow up Time magazine's Gods of Food issue with a Women in Food issue to be published in January 2015.
- And, the most important news of all: Bill de Blasio ate pizza with a fork and a knife in Italy! Yep, you read that correctly.
What moments in food media did we miss? Set us straight in the comments below!
Photso by James Ransom