"I think anyone who says that a restaurant can't do anything when they know a critic is there is a fool or a liar."

Mimi Sheraton on Critics

Posted by Josh Friedland on Apr 2, 2008 in Media | Link | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

"If you read Edmund Wilson writing about Don Quixote, you understand the book in a way you didn't before. The critic has the ability to make it something new. That's what the best food writers will do."

Jonathan Gold on Food Critics

Posted by Josh Friedland on Mar 26, 2008 in Media | Link | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

"They don't need me. They have decided they are mass market and they are going after the Wal-Mart crowd...So they don’t need someone who uses polysyllabic words from other languages."

Mario Batali on The Food Network

Posted by Josh Friedland on Dec 20, 2007 in Media | Link | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

"Showing a slab of beef carved up, or a turkey being taken apart, just leaves way too little to the imagination. Blood congealing, greasy fingers in the flesh — it’s Hustler when Playboy would do."

Regina Schrambling on Food Porn

Posted by Josh Friedland on Nov 28, 2007 in Media | Link | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

"Did the network, upon realizing (as they surely did) that the whole thing was a hideous, stultifyingly boring cluster fuck — and a public slap to their talent — did they consider maybe having the good taste to just bury the whole thing in archives like a rotten bone?"

Anthony Bourdain on the Food Network Awards

Posted by Josh Friedland on Apr 17, 2007 in Media | Link | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post

"If Frank Bruni had poorly reviewed one of my restaurants, I might have pulled a Tonya Harding and broken his kneecaps. I’d have thought, Dude, I’ve gotta do something. But I’d never really do it."

David Chang on Frank Bruni

Posted by Josh Friedland on Feb 27, 2007 in Media | Link | add to del.icio.us | Digg this story | Email this post