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Jonathan Gold, longstanding Los Angeles Occasions meals critic, died in Los Angeles on Saturday on the age of 57, attributable to pancreatic most cancers. He was recognized in July, as reported by the L.A. Occasions. His loss is broadly being mourned by journalists, cooks, and Angelenos alike.

It’s exhausting to estimate or describe Gold’s affect on Los Angeles’s meals scene. It’s not simply that he was the primary ever meals critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, or that he helped town’s worldwide meals scene acquire nationwide acclaim. Most of all, because the L.A. Occasions wrote at present, he helped Los Angeles, a fractured and multiplicitous metropolis, “perceive itself.”

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“Jonathan didn’t need us to exit to Monterey Park merely to eat Sichuan pickles,” wrote Ruth Reichl, a meals critic and editor on the L.A. Occasions from 1984 to 1993, on Saturday. “He didn’t lure us out to El Monte or the world’s greatest birria burritos for his or her mere deliciousness. He wrote attractive prose designed to take us out of our secure little territories to mingle with different individuals as a result of he knew that eating places aren’t actually about meals. They’re about individuals.”

He beckoned thirty-somethings from their Silver Lake enclaves to the San Gabriel Valley to pattern griddle-cooked bullfrog and cumin-spiked mutton at Chengdu Style, heeding them to respect the efficiency of Sichuan peppercorn, likening its numbing impact to “a flashing Las Vegas signal.”

He helped lifelong Angelenos enterprise to neighborhoods inside their very own metropolis to which they’d by no means been, a lot much less dined; eastside to west, South Central to the Valley, and again once more. By way of his columns, first at L.A. Weekly—he began there within the 1980s as a proofreader and music author—and later on the L.A. Occasions, he reviewed Guatemalan, Northern Thai, and Keralan eating places in the way in which that different critics solely wrote about Eurocentric meals. And one way or the other, he managed to do it with out being exotifying.

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“I’m attempting to democratize meals and attempting to get individuals to stay in the complete metropolis of Los Angeles,” Gold advised Vice in 2015. “I’m attempting to get individuals to be much less afraid of their neighbors.”

Gold has been profiled numerous occasions, however maybe nowhere as vividly as within the 2015 documentary, Metropolis of Gold. In the event you’re impressed to eat at his favourite eating places in his honor, click on right here.

Gold is survived by his spouse, L.A. Occasions arts and leisure editor Laurie Ochoa—they met at L.A. Weekly—and a daughter, Isabel, 23, and a son, Leon, 15.



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