April 16, 2007
A First: Food Critic Gets Pulitzer

The photos aren't as gripping and moving as the series that brought The Bee's Renee C. Byer the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography this afternoon, but they are notable in one respect: They show the first restaurant writer to win a Pulitzer for criticism.

That would be Jonathan Gold of LA Weekly, who Pulitzer jurors praised for his "zestful, wide ranging restaurant reviews, expressing the delight of an erudite eater." While it's rare for a restaurant critic to be photographed, this occasion is exceptional. Besides, Gold can change his appearance dramatically just by cutting off his shoulder-length hair. At any rate, go here not so much to savor the photos but to enjoy examples of Gold's blunt and entertaining style of food criticism.

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