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Book features food editor's work

The work of St. Petersburg Times food editor Janet K. Keeler has been honored in the book Best Food Writing 2001, an anthology of stories about food, dining and life by American food writers.

This second edition of the book includes the work of acclaimed Gourmet magazine editor Ruth Reichl, prolific author and Time magazine columnist Calvin Trillin, food writer and author Peter Kaminsky, and New York Times food journalists Molly O'Neill and Amanda Hesser.

The culinary stories compiled in Best Food Writing 2001, edited by Holly Hughes and published by Marlowe and Co. ($14.95), were selected from "a deluge of fine prose" from "skilled practitioners of the craft from around the country," according to Hughes. "This field is packed with writers, who, like poets, make you taste the food you're describing, feel its texture, smell its fragrance."

Keeler's story in the collection, "The Crock-Pot That Saved Dinner Time," appeared in the Times' Taste section on Jan. 10. Keeler, who has been food editor since June 2000, came to the Times in 1992 and has worked at the newspaper in a variety of editing and writing positions.

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