This week is a sad news roundup. With the sudden and unexpected passing of pioneering food blogger, writer, author and teacher Steven Shaw on Tuesday, the food world lost a good friend and advocate. As a founder of eGullet.com, he helped create the world on food blogging and digital media as we know it now, he also wrote for such legacy pubs as New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Food Arts, wrote the books Asian Dining Rules and Turning the Tables and won a James Beard Award for his article "A Week in the Gramercy Tavern Kitchen." He also was a valued teacher and mentor for following generations of food writers as the Director of New Media Studies at the International Culinary Center.
Steven was a friend to many of us in the Cooking District family. He was always encouraging, curious, and both passionate and compassionate. While we mourn his untimely loss, we are going to remember his great wit and intelligence, and try to bring his immense sense of kindness, curiosity, inclusiveness, and community to what we do. RIP friend.