Old friend Thomas McNamee dropped in on Eater to plug his new jawn -- a Craig Claiborne bio, the which no ARC has manifested itself, so you're on your own. But! If you write for a magazine that covers food, Thomas McNamee would like you to know that you are a fucking whore:
Do you think there are current reviewing practices that he would disapprove of?
Oh God, yes. Oh, my God, yes. I mean, I think that he would be totally appalled by the world of food magazines today where features are commonly polluted by product placement and all sorts of secret deals to advertisers. It's more than common, it's almost a universal practice that when a food magazine sends a writer out to write about restaurants, they make the restaurant pay for the meal. And so of course the restaurant knows exactly who the writer is and gives them all this special stuff.
"Almost universal"? Magazine folks care to comment? Play us off, The Pop Group: