New Orleanians write a farewell letter to Brett Anderson, the Times-Picayune’s fantastic food critic who was laid off in the Newhouse massacre of our local papers yesterday. New Orleans without a food critic is like New York without Wall Street coverage.

He Said/She Said NOLA

Editor’s note: Yesterday, the TImes-Picayune announced substantial layoffs, among them long-time food critic Brett Anderson

Follow up note: On Friday, June 15th, the Times Picayune announced that they would welcome Brett Anderson’s return subsequent to his Nieman fellowship.

He and She Said:


We’re somewhat unsurprised, but nevertheless saddened to hear you’re leaving us.

No economists, we do not pretend to offer any educated opinions on the financial wisdom or lack thereof of recent decisions affecting the Times Picayune. But we know great writing, and yours has been.

We don’t know you personally and as far as we are aware, you don’t know us at all. But your work over the years has been both a source of pleasure and entertainment to us and a benchmark against which to judge our own writing.

We’re fortunate in many things in this city. Not least among them is the passionate food culture…

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