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Good Magazine Interviews Expert Food Reviewers

Everyone's a Critic, But It Takes an Expert to Be Good

Sure, anyone can be a critic, but isn't the info always a bit more intriguing when it's coming from an expert? The folks at Good magazine thought so, and they've enlisted several experts to help critique select foods.

So who did they bring in? A teacher to talk about apples, a pilot to talk about airplane food, a cop to talk about doughnuts, and a rock star to talk about whiskey. Here are some of my favorite excerpts.

Andrea Peterson, teacher, on apples:

I absolutely love apples, and believe it or not, several times a year, a student actually does give me one. . . . If I had my pick, though, instead of apples, I’d love to be getting Starbucks gift cards.

Patrick Smith, pilot, on airplane food:

People don’t want a fancy French restaurant at 30,000 feet; they just want something to eat, and a distraction on a long flight. . . . Economy travelers don’t want to live out some bourgeois fantasy of the 1940s. Give me a damn sandwich or some pasta.

Two more, just


Andrew Smith, cop, on doughnuts:

I think the cop/doughnut thing came around because cops, working late at night, need coffee to stay awake, and the only way to get coffee in the wee morning hours is at the all-night doughnut places. . . . The only thing I would say cops like more are sunflower seeds, based on all the damn seeds I find on the floor of my police car.

Patterson Hood, rock star, on whiskey:

You can go anywhere in the world, it’s always the same. A McDonald’s hamburger may be different in Amsterdam, but the bottle of Jack Daniel’s is exactly the same as the bottle of Jack Daniel’s in Nashville or Singapore.

To read the entire quotes — some are quite funny! — be sure to check out the full feature at Good magazine.


Join The Conversation
morganfay morganfay 9 years
Woah. Does mr Expert Pilot need to reconnect with the rest of us out here in a place called reality? So according to him, I'm half starved during a 15-hour transatlantic flight because I actually *like* that, *not* because the greasy, pre-packaged, mass-produced, sticky, over-processed goo they call "food" is a) not edible and b) does a truly bad job filling my stomach, provided i can actually eat it.
Sherelyn Sherelyn 9 years
The pilot is way off. After my last flight being an all night afair and we had to PAY extra for food - crummy sandwich for $9 - I have to say he's way off the mark. I have never flown anything but coach but I can say without a doubt that I would love to be served a "bourgeois fantasy of the 1940s" thank you very much.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
actually i would really like gourmet food in a flight. something totake my mind off being at 30,000 feet!
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
haha, that's cute. I don't believe the pilot though...I got bumped up to business class once and the difference in food is AMAZING. You don't realize how bad the food in economy is until you see how GOOD the food is that the people in the front of the plane get to eat. i wonder what the crew eat though?
HipMom HipMom 9 years
Loved the teacher comment :-) The pilot is totally off though.
randomname12345 randomname12345 9 years
I would disagree that the liquor is the same all around the world. The same brand, e.g. Jack Daniel's, is sold at stronger/weaker strengths depending on the country's liquor laws. But otherwise, interesting thoughts...
emalove emalove 9 years
I'm also a teacher, but I very rarely have had students bring me apples!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Hehe. That's cute.
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