A Letter from the Publisher: Aug. 26, 1985

"Getting paid to do what you like is almost always fun," says TIME Food Critic Mimi Sheraton. "And what I like to do most is eat. I'm especially crazy about restaurants because there is always an element of excitement about a meal: What will happen, how is it going to be?"

For her cover story this week on the growing interest in American cooking, Sheraton gave free rein to her love of dining. She traveled to a dozen cities, sampling gastronomic delights in New Orleans, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boonville, Calif. There are occasional drawbacks, of course, even to a job...

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