Remembering Jonathan Gold, Our Greatest Food Writer


When word got out Saturday night that food author and Pulitzer Prize leader Jonathan Gold had upheld divided during age 57 from pancreatic cancer, chefs and reporters fast took to amicable media to applaud him. Rightfully so. He was a many good famous and reputable food author of his generation; his reviews in a LA Times, a final stop in a storied career, distinguished and dissected one of a world’s many graphic and sparkling dining scenes.

The LA Times, where he did dual turns as censor with additional stints during LA Weekly, Gourmet and The New York Times, published a touching necrology announcing his death, and has carried a compensate wall around his reviews for a time being.

Here during Food Republic, we lonesome Gold frequently over a years, either it was assisting foster his annual 101 Best Restaurants lists or deliberating a documentary about him, 2016’s City of Gold, or kvetching about his moves, as when he returned to a LA Times behind in 2012.

Gold’s genocide is righteously being called untimely; his family deserved approach some-more time with him, and those who caring about food in Los Angeles and around a universe would have gladly review his inventive, sharp-witted poetry for decades to come. Like Hunter S. Thompson did for gonzo broadcasting or Lester Bangs with song — and Gold had a important run as a song publisher early in his career — Gold will go down as an outsized celebrity whose work surpassed even his charisma, and he’ll change food writers good into a future.

With that, we leave we with a sampling of some of a many noted Jonathan Gold stories:

Tribute: L.A. Food Writer Jonathan Gold — Here, former Food Republic writers and editors Matt Rodbard, Jess Kapadia and Jason Kessler, and editorial executive Richard Martin, offering personal stories about Gold to coincide with his 2012 pierce behind to a LA Times from a LA Weekly.

For Good L.A. Eats, Jonathan Gold Directs You To A Strip Mall — Here, Jess Kapadia interviews Gold on a eve of a 2016 premiere of a documentary City of Gold. It’s value a review for all of his wit and wisdom, though here’s one noted mention from Gold:

I really have a pursuit that I’m not authorised to protest about, right? It’s like “Oh, bad you, we have to go to 6 beef houses this week while half a universe is starving.” we don’t consider it’s contradictory. we consider that during a indicate where we stop enjoying it and a thought of going to a new grill didn’t make me vehement even a small bit, it’s substantially a indicate where we should hang it up. Just like a museum critic, right? If you’re in a place where a screen rising doesn’t leave we during slightest a tiny spark of wish that you’re going to be saying a best thing ever, afterwards we should probably, we don’t know, go into food writing. [laughs] Or maybe booze writing. Wine essay is what food writers do when their knees start to go.


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