CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan went out on rounds along Pico Boulevard with Jonathan Gold for a piece that aired on "CBS This Morning." He's mentioned as a Pulitzer-winning food writer for the Los Angeles Times, without the distinction that he did not win the Pulitzer while writing for the Times. He won as the food writer for LA Weekly in 2007, between stints at the LAT. The story is pegged to the current documentary about Gold and his critical influence, City of Gold, which features Gold traveling from the Grand Central Market to the San Gabriel Valley to South LA, Little Ethiopia and Westwood — as well as Pico — and sharing meals with LA media figures ands authors, including Jervey Tervalon and Michelle Huneven. He is shown tooling around town in his faded green pickup truck, at home in Pasadena and in meetings at the Times with editor in chief Davan Maharaj and his own long-suffering editor, Alice Short, who earned several laughs at the screening I saw with her commentary (verbal and facial) on Gold's propensity to push deadlines. Short left the paper in last year's buyouts, and the film also shows Gold collaborating on ideas with his wife, Laurie Ochoa, the Times' arts and entertainment editor and the former editor of LA Weekly.
From the CBS piece:
Jonathon Gold looks the way you'd expect a food critic to look - happily plump, at home with a knife and a fork.
"Well, I've had to be on a diet, but it's not like I've done it," Gold said, laughing.
His passion for food is infectious. If you follow him on his restaurant rounds, you'll find yourself eating just about anything. The Los Angeles Times writer has been exploring food for 30 years, but still finds something interesting every day, reports CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan.
"I still get surprised, and I will continue to get surprised, I think," Gold said.
His reviews are like nothing you've ever read. He once compared the loose contents of a taco to Beyoncé spilling out of a tight jumpsuit.
Previously on LA Observed:
Jonathan Gold: Pretense of anonymity ends today
Jonathan Gold as an LA 'Jewish foodie'
LA Weekly editor takes a little shot at Jonathan Gold *
Jonathan Gold's LAT titles become official: he's a columnist
Coup for the LA Times: Jonathan Gold coming back?
How Jonathan Gold came to call for ban on shark fins