I was always intimidated by Los Angeles growing up. As a girl from the Midwest, I knew LA as Hollywood and nothing else. Beautiful, rich, talented people. I didn’t understand the vastness, the diversity, the depth of Los Angeles. Jonathan Gold helped change that for me. Food and good writing has a way of doing that, and Gold combined the two, (two of my favorite things, mind you), to create a more whole picture of a city I’ve grown to love. Gold’s drive to highlight all parts of Los Angeles through poetic profiles added, for me, the human piece that Los Angeles had been missing.
Gold passed away July 21 from pancreatic cancer. His presence in the culinary community and his voice that echoed across the world will be greatly missed. Check out Danny Chau’s piece on Gold for The Ringer. It’s good.
Also, The Los Angeles Times lifted the paywall on Gold's work and I highly recommend you go indulge in it.