Popular food writer Joshua Ozersky died in Chicago on Monday, while visiting for the James Beard Foundation Awards. Ozersky, who lived in Portland, Oregon, was known for his strong opinions on food and for writing about his family. “He was an advocate for maximimalist food. He loved meat, and he saw great meat-cookery as the ultimate expression of culinary culture,” said fellow food writer John T. Edge. “There was an absurdist taint to it, but there was a genuine celebration in his work, and through the work at his event Meatopia, he found a mechanism to tell his story."