Ruth Reichl says Meals Community modified “every thing” about meals media


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Ruth Reichl is a hallowed identify in meals and writing and particularly meals writing. She was the Los Angeles Occasions meals editor, then The New York Occasions meals critic, and later the editor of the late Connoisseur journal. She’s since written a memoir, Save Me The Plums, and stays some of the revered names within the enterprise. (Sure, I’d like to get her opinion on the recent canine/sandwich query.)

So in case you’re a meals nerd like me, you’ll need to learn Reichl’s temporary Q&A with the Columbia Journalism Evaluate, wherein she gives her well-informed view of the present state of meals media. She recounts how, when she began on the LA Occasions, the meals part was an afterthought. It introduced in large promoting {dollars}, she says, however “the editor didn’t care what went into it. They have been utilizing canned recipes from all of the meals firms [who] would ship in recipes.”

What modified all of that?

“In 1993, the start of Meals Community. All the pieces modified. A complete technology of youngsters grew up watching the Meals Community and considering that cooks have been cool and cooking was cool.”

Reichl’s perspective is singular within the meals world, and her considerate Q&A is effectively well worth the 5 minutes it can take you to learn it.


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