Sunday, September 23, 2007

First of many

The New York Times first food review was published on New Year's Day 1859, with a byline "Strong-minded Reporter of the times" - anonymous food critics at the very start. I found the long essay to be a great insight into NYC life then, plus wonderfully humorous, rather Wodehousian in tone. The pathway for Craig Claiborne, Ruth Reichl, and Frank Bruni, et al was born.


Katrina said...

Thank you for this! What a delightful read, on many levels!

Amazing to see how much has changed -- not just in dining, but in language, writing, lifestyle, etc. -- in 150 years.

mtan said...

I enjoyed reading it at leisure, it was definitely not something you could just skim through. Part of the joy was hearing the words and the rhythm of the writing.

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