A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 12, 1984

During the 7½ years that Mimi Sheraton served as restaurant critic of the New York Times, she reviewed more than 900 establishments, eating out some 30 to 40 times a month. One year, she recalls, she dined at home only five times: Christmas, New Year's, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day and her husband's birthday. Last fall, seeking a different perspective as well as a smaller dress size, she left the Times. "I wanted to be free to think about food in a greater variety of ways," says Sheraton. "I wanted to travel more and take a more national viewpoint on food than I...

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