That Writer's Question Again
Posted 10 October 2003 - 08:31 PM
So, I'll put to you the same question I posed to Tom Sietsema when he was in the proverbial hot seat: Which food writers do you enjoy and admire yourself? Role models, mentors, current rivals, in newspapers or elsewhere, the whole gamut? Which writers top your list?
No, we'll serve anyone - meaning anyone -
And to anyone at all!
Posted 13 October 2003 - 10:24 AM
As for role models and mentors ... I guess No. 1 would have to be Ruth Reichl who hired me at the Times and was the first big-deal food person who believed I had something to contribute. Michalene Busico, the current editor, is probably the best line editor I've ever worked with. It's scary that she sometimes understand my writing better than I do. Madeleine Kamman was a great inspiration to me when I started writing. I took a professional class with her and it opened my eyes to a whole set of a stories I hadn't thought of before. The same with Paula Wolfert, when she told me I'd led her to rethink something she was cooking, that was as high a praise as I've ever had. Phyllis Richman befriended me when I was at the ABQ Tribune and has been like the big sister I never had, always completely supportive and yet very direct in her criticism (a Phyllis "uh-huh" is usually more damning than a couple of pages from anyone else). Deb Madison has been a friend for more than 20 years and was very important in my finding my cooking style. And, of course, The Big Role Model, Julia, who is a constant source of instruction in how to live a happy, involved and contributing life no matter what the age.
Jeez, that's beginning to sound like an Oscar speech. Maybe I'd better quit now.