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Nov 4, 2006 12:30 AM

Times Picayune's Brett Anderson responds to Alan Richman

I tried to post this earlier but it was moved to the Media forum. I wanted to get some reaction from New Orleans folks on Alan Richman's GQ article (no link) on new orleans, a related podcast.


Brett Anderson response in the Times Picayune

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    1. I haven't read Richman's piece (just Anderson's response) b/c I couldn't find it. . . But:

      The description of the article made Richman seem very mean spirited and showed that he doesn't comprehend the concept of "regional" food. I'm originally from Los Angeles and have been to many fine restaurants there and all over the country/world. The only "bad" part about New Orleans' food is the lack of variety. For instance, I have yet to find a very good Chinese, Japanese, or Thai restaurant. But the actual New Orleans' food is solid.

      I think the food here rivals any great restaurant outside of the city - but you have to go in understanding that all you will get is good traditional New Orleans' style food. You're not going to get fusion cuisine or anything avant-garde or anything new. I'd say chefs (like at Dick & Jenny's and Jaques Imos and Emeril's) play around a little with the ingredients and sides - but it is basically all cajun/creole New Orleans food. And it's good. Can you eat it day in day out forever? I can't. But I like it when I have it.

      I think the good restaurants in town serve quality ingredients and flavorful food. I wish everything wasn't fried or served in a reduced butter/cream sauce (being from LA - I'm used to grilled food no butter aded) - but that's just not this town's style. It's not what the food is. Richman's complaining about the food here is like me complaining that sushi is served with rice. It makes no sense - that's what the food is. If you don't like it - don't eat it.

      1. Alan Richman's ignorance of his subject makes the review laughable. Was it supposed to be comedic? I’ve read his reviews before and agreed with a few recommendations. I thought “Stick a Fork in Jean-Georges” was an excellent piece of work, but after having heard the offal passed off as a podcast on I can’t really take this critic seriously again. Our tastes change as we age. As a 35 year old reader of QG I ask you this: is it time to “Stick a Fork in Alan Richman”?

        1. The last time we were in N.O. (January 2005), we certainly had dishes at The Bombay Club and Herbsaint that weren't "traditional Cajun/Creole", and were definitely inventive and wonderful, in addition to having great traditional food elsewhere. I think Mr. Richman needs to get out more.

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