Now David Rosengarten is leaving Gourmet!
- Gourmet Guy Mar 3, 1999 03:56 PM
My spies have notified me that, with Ruth Reichl
coming to GOURMET as the new editor-in-chief,
restaurant reviewer David Rosengarten is departing
pronto. Seems they probably wouldn't get along, to say
the least, but "reason given" has more to do
with how busy David will be advising Warner
LeRoy. Yeah. Meanwhile, I for one am still reeling from
David's recent declaration (in GOURMET) that Il Buco is
the best restaurant in Manhattan.
Ruth is bringing an old pal from the LA TIMES on board
at GOURMET. Didn't catch her name. I'm going to see
Ruth at the Y on Sunday March 7. I'll report here if
anything truly hot occurs.
Meanwhile, Jim Leff deserves a key to the city and an
unlimited expense account for his gustatory and
literary efforts on behalf of the millions of
chowhounds who come and go in this city every day.
Kudos to you, Jim, and your endlessly interesting web
Maybe so, but who are you Gourmet Guy? No profile for you in aol. One aspect of your report is incorrect.
Praise of Jim is well deserved.
re: jonathan gold
Well, I'm happy for you, Jonathan, but feeling
sorta blue. The Los Angeles food scene is so full of
remarkable richness and diversity, that I have always
been amazed at the stodginess of most restaurant
reviews and the emphasis on mainstream upscale
eateries. Your reviews were the ones I was always
anxious to read, both for the diversity of the cuisine
covered, but also because I found that your palate and
mine usually agreed on matters of taste and quality.
In short, I find most L.A. restaurant reviews bland,
mainstream, and uninspired, but yours were alive with
your love of food, and the spirit of adventure and
I assume that, despite your new position, you will
continue to be a frequent poster at chowhound. That,
at least, would provide some solace. Again,
congratulations. Your new position represents well
deserved recognition of your talents.
re: jonathan gold
It's hard for someone who hasn't lived in Los Angeles
to understand how important you have been to Left
Coast Chowhounds. Many scissors have been dulled
clipping out your columns.
I know I'm being totally selfish, but I'm extremely
excited about your Gourmet gig, for many reasons:
you're a terrific writer; you're comfortable with any
cuisine and with restaurants of any price range and
ambition; and you'll be writing about my adopted city.
I had planned to subscribe to Gourmet (which I have
not done in twenty years) when I found out that R.R.
was going to become its new editor. Now I know the
first place I'll hit when Gourmet comes to the door.