DALLAS (January 21, 2009) - The Dallas Morning News announced today that Leslie Brenner, an accomplished food/restaurant critic, author and editor, has been named its new restaurant critic and dining editor.
"We are excited to have someone with Leslie's experience coming to The Dallas Morning News and GuideLive.com. Her enthusiasm and knowledge will invigorate our dining coverage and help readers get the most from the local dining scene," said Cathy Barber, deputy GuideDaily editor. "Leslie says she will arrive, fork in hand, in mid-February."
Brenner was most recently the Sunday magazine editor at the Los Angeles Times, and before that, directed restaurant, cooking and wine coverage as Food Editor for that paper's award-winning section. She was also a restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times and founding editor of The Daily Dish food blog.
She is author or co-author of five food and wine books, including The Fourth Star: Dispatches from Inside Daniel Boulud's Celebrated New York Restaurant and American Appetite, as well as a critically acclaimed novel, Greetings from the Golden State. She has won a long list of writing and editing awards, including from the Association of Food Journalists and the James Beard Foundation. During her 20-year career, she has also been a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure and has written for Harper's, New York magazine, and many other print and online publications. She has a B.A. in English from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University.
Brenner has been in the thick of the food scene for most of her life. She once spent a week eating in Japan with Lee Hefter, executive chef of L.A.'s Spago; a year behind the scenes at New York's famed Daniel restaurant; and long weekends cooking at the Dordogne farmhouse of Francois Mitterand's former chef. She has dined in top restaurants across the country and around the world.
See an old Q&A with Brenner on eGullet.