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Last week, the American Society of Magazine Editors announced its finalists for its Digital Media awards (Ellies, or National Magazine Awards). TheAtlantic.com was nominated for General Excellence and Blogging, large tributes to Bob Cohn, head of the site and master of the ship, and Andrew Sullivan. And the Food Channel was on the list, nominated for Regular Department or Section, which "recognizes the distinctive voice and unified design of a department or section of a magazine website or online-only magazine."

Pretty nice surprise for a section that began three months into the year, and pretty nice to be up against such spiffy competition (none of it about food). Seeing as it's quite so spiffy, it likely won't be necessary for me to offer thanks the day of the ceremony, March 18, so let me give some now.

We'd be nowhere, let alone on such a great list, if it weren't for the terrific work of our writers. Every day they bring style and substance to a world that keeps changing and becoming only more exciting. Getting to learn from and work with them--guided by our sensational producers, Eleanor Barkhorn (now presiding over the Culture Channel) and Dan Fromson, and our original and master mentor, Mike Nizza--has been a pretty incredible pleasure and privilege. It still is, every day. Thanks to you all.

UPDATE: The award goes to...Sports Illustrated, one of the most active and jam-packed of any magazine site, by a much-admired print-to-digital innovator. Congratulations to them--and if we had to lose, an honor to lose to the Super Bowl!

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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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