There’s an art to writing well – about food, film, or anything else that sparks a person’s passion. For Jonathan Gold, it’s the cafes, restaurants and food trucks, the sights, sounds and people of Los Angeles that inspire. The only food critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, the popular writer serves as the genial focus of the aptly yclept new documentary City of Gold. Gaetano Kazuo Maida and Patricia Unterman, Bay Area writers and Renaissance sorts, offer their insights into the film and its centerpiece in Critics Corner in this week’s edition of EatDrinkFilms.
EatDrinkFilms is nearing two years and 98 issues of publishing nearly 1,000 articles, reviews, essays, recipes and unique pieces.
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It has been an exciting and satisfying experience. We have had the freedom to do it our way, including the popular Critics Corner allowing two different writers to express their opinions about one new movie. It has been satisfying to provide a forum for so many superb film critics as well as cinema lovers whose own careers (lawyers, marriage counselors, museum curators, artists, bartenders and such) focus on the subject matter of select movies. There also have been reviews of films by chefs as part of our frequent blending of food, beverages and movies.
Filmmakers such as Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida, My Summer of Love), Kent Jones (Truffaut/Hitchcock), Volker Schlondorff (Diplomacy, Tin Drum), Judith Erhlich (The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers), Connie Fields (Rosie the Riveter, Freedom On My Mind) and Teller (Tim’s Vermeer) contributed original articles. And you have read works from authors as diverse as David Thomson, Annette Insdorf and Paul Krassner.
The recipes of many new and established chefs have appeared here with wonderful illustrations. We especially appreciate our regular food and drink columnists, including Risa Nye, Dianne Boate, Peter Moore, Cary Borja, Daniel and Darcey Barnes, Michael Cecconi, and Vince Keenan, who have offered us true insights into the people, drinks, food and related subjects they covered regularly.
There are many more, and all are appreciated for their contributions. The quality of the writing and content is incredibly high – and readers love it. This is largely due to the fine work and the leadership of our editors Michael Guillen, Johnny Ray Huston and Barry Caine, who have led the way with their terrific ideas and sense of what makes for excellent and exciting reading. Their fine work was made possible because Kenn Fong led us every week through the process of getting each issue published and sent to you. Tien-Tien L. Jong designed the site and worked on the publishing in the early days before she went back to graduate school.
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