Jonathan Gold rejoins The Times


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Jonathan Gold, the only restaurant critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, is returning to the Los Angeles Times. Gold, who previously was a critic for The Times from 1990 to 1996, will debut in the first of the new Saturday sections this weekend.

In a profile in the New Yorker magazine, Dana Goodyear said Gold “sees Los Angeles as ‘the anti-melting pot’ — the home of true, undiluted regional cookery — but also has a fondness for what he calls the ‘triple carom’: the Cajun seafood restaurant that caters to Chinese customers and is run by Vietnamese from Texas.”


Davan Maharaj, editor of The Times, praised Gold, saying: “You’ve probably heard about crickets, fried grasshoppers and some animal parts that Jonathan has consumed in pursuit of outstanding food journalism. Five years ago, he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism — the first win for a food writer. He was a Pulitzer finalist last year as well. He has been honored twice as a National Magazine Award finalist in criticism by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Maharaj continued: “Jonathan will join an award-winning staff that includes Times Food Editor Russ Parsons and restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila in our never-ending quest to chronicle the greatest food scene in America.”


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