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Hanna Raskin Establishes Her Reviewing Bona Fides and Promises to Get Cracking

No formal review yet from new Seattle Weekly food critic Hanna Raskin but in this week's issue she flexes her writing muscles (and her museum studies degree) by introducing herself a bit more formally to her new legions of readers. On a side note, it's weird to see a piece by a Seattle Weekly food critic that hasn't garnered a half-dozen insult-laden comments within minutes of being posted online.

While she promises to not stint on the criticism when warranted, Raskin says "I hope criticizing isn't my primary activity here." Rather she considers herself a "culinary curator," spotlighting the best cooks, growers, etc. in the region. She walks us through her background, which may be familiar to people who read up on Raskin the minute she was announced as Jason Sheehan's replacement (however she glosses over a few points of notoriety). Raskin doesn't exactly have fond words for her previous post, the city of Dallas, "where what matters most is outsiders' approval."

She concludes, "I'm so eager to finish talking about myself, and to begin exploring, eating, and reporting." We're eager too, Hanna...does this mean we might get her first formal review next week?

· Bite at the Museum: Meet Seattle's New Culinary Curator [Seattle Weekly]
· All Previous Hanna Raskin Coverage [~ESEA~]

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