The food blogosphere has lost one of its founding fathers. This afternoon, Quirky reports that trailblazing food writer Steven Shaw has passed away. Shaw worked for the site as the community manager. Although best known as the founder of eGullet, Shaw also served as the Director of New Media Studies at the International Culinary Center, and he contributed to numerous publications including the New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Food Arts. Shaw authored the books Asian Dining Rules and Turning the Tables, and in 2002, he won a James Beard Award for his article "A Week in the Gramercy Tavern Kitchen," which was published on his site Fat-Guy.com. For more on his work, check out Shaw's interview with Serious Eats from 2009.
Here are a few remembrances that food writers tweeted this afternoon. Feel free to share your own in the comments, as well as links to any of your favorite Shaw posts.
Stunned and saddened by the untimely loss of Steven Shaw. He brought together producers and consumers of food with intelligence and love.— Danny Meyer (@dhmeyer) April 9, 2014
The culinary world lost a great voice today. Steven Shaw, above all, had the biggest impact on why I wanted to write. He believed in me.— Kevin McKenzie (@AmusingMyBouche) April 9, 2014
Stunned to hear about Steven Shaw's death. He was an early inspiration to me re internet food writing and a true food-web OG.— Adam Kuban (@akuban) April 9, 2014
Specifically, Steven Shaw's early site, fat-guy dot com, had a wonderful pizza guide that showed me how the web cld disseminate pizza intel— Adam Kuban (@akuban) April 9, 2014
I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Steven Shaw. He was a friend & mentor to people I love & made a monumental mark on food culture.— Kat Kinsman (@kittenwithawhip) April 9, 2014
That's awful… eGullet inspired me to start my blog. RIP. RT @kittenwithawhip: I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Steven Shaw.— Adam Roberts (@amateurgourmet) April 9, 2014
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