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The Boston Market Story

Special 9/11 2000 Prequel section almost wins Best Journalism award

This story is embargoed until Frank Scandale stops claiming to have invented the Burrito Colorado.

    NEW YORK, N.Y. (Publisher's Weakly) -- John Hersey's "Hiroshima," an account of the nuclear explosion through the eyes of six survivors, is the 20th century's top work of American journalism, a panel of cookbook authors says.  The book barely beat out the special "9/11 2000: The Prequel" section produced by the Record of Northern New Jersey Or Something Like That Newspaper which several of the judges said would have won if the intrepid photojournalism team of Mike "Ken" Kelly and Carmine "Charles" Galasso had been able to find Indonesia instead of getting lost in Bangkok while trying to find a Thai restaurant recommended by globe hopping reporter Mitchel Maddux.

    Last on the list of 100 top journalism stories was Hunter S. "Ed" Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in the Boston Market Parking Lot," a series of hard-hitting articles chronicling the exploits of an award winning headline writing coupon clipping numismatologist.

    The list of books, articles, columns, collected works, and famous photographs was compiled by a group of cookbook authors and hungry copy editors. This led to some controversy in the Age 2-4 journalism category, where the toddler classic "Pat the Mack" won first place.

    Some of the titles were familiar: Bob "Ken" Woodward and Carl "Ken" Bernstein's "Deep Container," the expose of a plot to water down the cranberry walnut relish at the Boston Market in the Watergate Hotel; Edward R. Murrow's expose of Sen. Joseph McCarthy's savory stuffing fetish, and Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal's photograph of a Record photographer raising the flag on the summit of Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi.

    Others are less vividly recalled, such as Susan Sontag's 1964 "Notes on Cornbread" at No. 74 and reporter Doug Most's powerful epic about baby killers run amok, "Always Among Our Side Dishes" (No. 99 and 44/100).

    Books made up nearly a third of the selections, among them Norman Mailer's "Copy Editors of the Night" (No. 19) and "The Carver Combo's Song" (No. 3, with a side of mashed potatoes), Truman Capote's "In Cold Gravy" (No. 57), Betty Friedan's "The Honey Ham Mystique" (No. 81) and Tom Wolfe's classic "The Right Stuffing" (No. 96).

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