Review: Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews, by Marilyn Hagerty

This book was published after Marilyn’s “infamously guileless” review of her local Olive Garden restaurant went viral in March 2012 and according to Anthony Bourdain in the forward to this volume, “caused a wave of snarky derision, followed by an even stronger antisnark backlash.” Marilyn, at 88, has been a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald since 1957. Her “Eatbeat” restaurant reviews started in 1987 and continue today. You do get a sense of how the restaurant industry (many more chains) and eating habits (less lutefisk, more sushi) have changed over the last 25 years. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to Grand Forks, but if I do, I’ll know where to go for a good meal.

RATING: * * * A good read

Reviewed by: kh

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