Michael Bauer Retires as SF Chronicle’s Food Critic After 32 Years


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Ho hum?


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Before the Chron hired Bauer, its critics were Patricia Unterman and Stan Sesser, who had been doing for SF what Jonathan Gold started doing slightly later for LA: highlighting the immigrant-driven variety of good food wherever it might be found. Bauer forced them both out so he could take over both their columns and narrowed the focus to high-end and hotel restaurants.


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I remember Unterman but not Sesser


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Unterman was in the pink section on Sundays and Sesser was in the food? section on Thursdays. Their reviews were collected in a series of guidebooks that are useful historical references.


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http://lauriston.com/food-clips/unterman.html


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Robert, this was great! Thanks for sharing. I’m trying to remember, did she ever publish recipe in the Chron?


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I don’t remember Unterman writing anything but her weekly review for the Chron. There are some recipes on her web site.

http://untermanonfood.com

A recent profile:

http://ediblesanfrancisco.ediblecommunities.com/patty-unterman-hayes-street-grill


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Andrea Nguyen just shared a jam recipe from Joyce Goldstein. I bet that’s who I was thinking of.


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Joyce Goldstein, ugh. She might have been the worst columnist the Chron ever had. She wrote one justifying her shitty restaurant Square One’s practice of pushing out customers.


#11

LOL! Why don’t you tell us how you really feel :slight_smile:


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In the topic of Goldstein, I suspect she doesn’t think highly of Bauer. I was surprised to see his absence in her history of California cuisine.