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We've had many discussions about what a food writer did or did not know about a chef or a dish before writing their piece.

What kind of research would you as a writer tend to do? As an editor, how knowledgeable do you expect writers to be? As a reader?


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Serving fine and fresh gratuitous comments since Oct 5 2001, 09:53 PM

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Are you talking about restaurant reviewers? I think they should learn as much about a chef or a dish as they can to convey their  opinion of it to a reader, which I guess means I don’t think they have to know if the chef trained with Paul Bocuse.

But as for any type of journalist, and his or her reporting, I think they should know as much as they possibly can before they even talk to a chef. We’re always surprised when we go to interview book authors and they’re surprised that we’ve read their book!

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