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.

2 comments:

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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