Push An Atlantic Writer Around

This morning Terrence Henry announces, with a dramatic map and a dramatic flourish, the kind of road trip anyone with half a palate is dying to take: a couple months of hitting every one-horse town and shining metropolis on the map with a restaurant, truck stop, or food maker worth stopping at. It's part of the year-long early retirement he's been making pretty brilliant use of.

Terrence has assembled an enormous amount of information about places he should want to go, has always hankered to go, thinks might be worth a stop--and here's where you come in. He needs advice. Crowdsouced groupthink, call it whatever you want. But he's bold and intent on eating his up and down and across the U.S. and has got no beef against Canada:

Before each stop, we'll be soliciting advice on "must-eats" and conducting polls where you can vote on which place we'll visit. It's not limited to restaurants--we want to find amazing cheeses, innovative farmers, great distilleries, inspiring markets and forward-looking brewers. With your help, my ambition is to spend the next few months enjoying (and reporting on) the many culinary delights out there.

So help him out! Steer him toward what's true and with luck good--and you well know the difference. Feel free to contribute if you've only been to or know once place. That's the good part of crowdsourcing. We'll edit. He'll edit. You'll all have much more than enough fodder for your own future road trips.

His first stop is Montreal, and he wants to know where to find the city's best bagels. Vote below:

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Corby Kummer's work in The Atlantic has established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative, and creative food writers in the United States. The San Francisco Examiner pronounced him "a dean among food writers in America." More

Corby Kummer's work in The Atlantic has established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative, and creative food writers in the United States. The San Francisco Examiner pronounced him "a dean among food writers in America." Julia Child once said, "I think he's a very good food writer. He really does his homework. As a reporter and a writer he takes his work very seriously." Kummer's 1990 Atlantic series about coffee was heralded by foodies and the general public alike. The response to his recommendations about coffees and coffee-makers was typical--suppliers scrambled to meet the demand. As Giorgio Deluca, co-founder of New York's epicurean grocery Dean & Deluca, says: "I can tell when Corby's pieces hit; the phone doesn't stop ringing." His book, The Joy of Coffee, based on his Atlantic series, was heralded by The New York Times as "the most definitive and engagingly written book on the subject to date." In nominating his work for a National Magazine Award (for which he became a finalist), the editors wrote: "Kummer treats food as if its preparation were something of a life sport: an activity to be pursued regularly and healthfully by knowledgeable people who demand quality." Kummer's book The Pleasures of Slow Food celebrates local artisans who raise and prepare the foods of their regions with the love and expertise that come only with generations of practice. Kummer was restaurant critic of New York Magazine in 1995 and 1996 and since 1997 has served as restaurant critic for Boston Magazine. He is also a frequent food commentator on television and radio. He was educated at Yale, immediately after which he came to The Atlantic. He is the recipient of five James Beard Journalism Awards, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.

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