Serious Eats mastermind Ed Levine jokes that his interest in food probably started because “when I came out of the womb I was hungry,” and Ruth Reichl once dubbed him “Missionary of the Delicious,” but Levine’s career didn’t always revolve around food. He wrote about jazz and pop from 1978 through 1986 for Rolling Stone and the Times, and in the early eighties did bookings for a club called Seventh Avenue South before beginning research on the guidebook New York Eats, his first foray into food writing. Today, Levine dedicates his time to extending the Serious Eats blog umbrella, which includes New York, Slice, A Hamburger Today, and dispatches from L.A., Chicago, and other cities Levine hopes will one day have their own URLs. With all the hands-on research that goes into canvassing the city for tasty bites, Levine decided earlier this year that he needed to shed some weight. In this week’s New York Diet, he navigates a week of what he refers to as “dangerous” food situations.
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