'Gael Greene' on Serious Eats

Origin of the Term 'Foodie'

Stephen Richter/insatiablecritic.com Foodie is a loaded word. Every few months someone starts a Talk topic here on Serious Eats to grouse about it (here, here, and here, for starters). I'm ambivalent about it, finding it useful at times when you've exhausted all other synonyms. If you're wondering whom to thank or blame for its coinage, look no further. According to etymologist Barry Popik, former New York magazine food critic Gael Greene appears to have used it in print first in 1980: Gael Greene of New York magazine used the word “foodie” in a story on June 2, 1980, and then used “foodie” several times in 1982 and 1983. There were several London-based citations of “foodie” in 1982 and 1983.... More

Gael Greene at Zero Otto Nove

InsatiableCritic.com Gael "Insatiable Critic" Greene hits up Zero Otto Nove with Arthur "Food Maven" Schwartz as guide. Schwartz is, of course, the man largely responsible for blowing this place up with his newsletter account and blog post about it. Says Greene: As for the pizzas that lured us here, Arthur is right. They are a model of brick oven pies. The crust has appealing flavor though it’s not crisp like my favorites at Celeste. The splendid buffalo mozzarella shows best on the Margherita with San Marzano tomatoes, though the Marinara with capers, anchovies and pitted olives is admirable too.... More

A Weekend Full of Good Food

What a food weekend I had. On Friday night I had dinner at Cafe D'Alsace, on 88th and 2nd Avenue. It's an Alsatian brasserie featuring the cooking of Philippe Roussel. The highlights of the meal: a fine split pea soup... More

Gael Greene Groove

I'm in a Gael Greene groove today, maybe because she's my neighbor AND because her sexy memoir is about to come out (more about that later), so here's her late 2004 take on Parisian restaurants . I'm going to call... More

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