Chefs and restaurateurs, rejoice: a rigorous statistical analysis of the three most recent New York Times restaurant critics suggests that current critic Pete Wells is ever-so-slightly more liberal with the stars than predecessors Sam Sifton and Frank Bruni.
Looking at the three critics’ first six months on the job side-by-side, The Daily Meal’s executive editor Arthur Bovino found that Mssrs. Wells, Sifton, and Bruni all reviewed the same number of restaurants. During those heady and caloric early days, Mr. Wells gave out three more stars than Mr. Bruni and fourteen more than Mr. Sifton.
Annals of the Zeitgeist
Fifty Shades of Grey—the S&M publishing phenomenon fueled by discreet e-book sales—is having a slow motion moment in The New York Times.
First, in the Business section, Julie Bosman wrote about the word-of-mouth buzz that caused a bidding war among publishing houses for the erotic novel’s re-release, which ended with highbrow Knopf shelling out Read More
In this modern world of supposed transparency in all things, it’s sometimes hard to see the correlation between seemingly random events. Butterfly wings in Africa and all that.
Plenty happens each day–how to keep up with it all? Time to test your memory!
–Which public figure is, for some scary reason, the subject of political polling–and is more electable than Sarah Palin?
–Which network, under new management and ownership, just renewed its beloved and low-rated sitcoms?
–How will ‘Teenage Meme’ Read More
Former New York Times dining critic Mimi Sheraton has no time for this so-called Brooklyn dining scene.
“I think the whole Brooklyn thing must be greatly exaggerated,” Sheraton
And Oliver Strand, who writes The Filter, The Times‘ coffee blog.
Michele Humes, who contributes to The Times‘ Diner’s Journal blog.
Kat Kinsman, managing Read More
Tis The Season
Like all liquor lovers of fine palate and taste, Frank Bruni does not like eggnog.
“It’s a dessert in drink drag, a single-cup, multi-egg sleigh ride to feeling overstuffed and overwhelmed right at the start of a party, when an unimaginative host foists it upon you — ‘we have eggnog!’ — in place of a Read More
Though it may appear otherwise, Four Loko wasn’t history’s first beverage that buzz-seeking booze-lovers turned to for a two-faced rush of alcohol and caffeine, combined. Hot on the the heels of his review of the controversial drink, Frank Bruni at The New York Times wrote today about visiting bars specializing in coffee cocktails, where the mixologists Read More
Sultan of Bruni
As Frank Bruni has mentioned previously, tiresome fans tend to ask him the same questions all the time. For example, they ask him for restaurant recommendations. Sometimes, he tells Culinate, even Michael Bloomberg does this:
A few weeks ago, at a fairly small book party, I walked in the door, and Read More
Sultan of Bruni
What is bothering Frank Bruni now? The DMV! The former Times food critic is renewing his expired license—and he’s bringing you, the reader, along for the ride.
Over the course of 2657 words, it develops that license renewal is a more trying ordeal than Bruni anticipated. All manner of comic misadventures hinder our Read More
Sultan of Bruni
“When I meet restaurant lovers, New York Times readers, and people familiar with my memoir, certain questions come up time and again,” writes Frank Bruni for The Atlantic. “I’m reproducing some of those questions, along with my usual answers, so that they’re more easily and widely accessible to anyone curious about these topics.” Read More