He was 47. I began reading Josh’s writing when we opened Bellavitae.
Here’s what The Wall Street Journal reported today:
“Joshua Ozersky, who wrote prolifically on the subjects of dining and drinking for The Wall Street Journal and many other publications, was found dead in Chicago on Monday. Mr. Ozersky was in Chicago to attend the annual chef and restaurant awards ceremony presented by the James Beard Foundation. He was a member of that organization’s advisory board as a well as a nominee and winner, in previous years, of its media awards.”
He was the founding editor of New York Magazine’s food blog Grub Street, a columnist for Time, an editor-at-large for Esquire and a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal. The New York Times yesterday called him “one of the most forceful food writers in New York.”
The Wall Street Journal continues: “Mr. Ozersky was particularly vocal and passionate on the subject of meat. Under the pseudonym Mr. Cutlets, he authored “Meat Me In Manhattan: A Carnivore’s Guide to New York” in 2003. In his 2008 book “The Hamburger: A History,” he argued that his subject ‘isn’t just a sandwich; it is a social nexus.'”
New York magazine: Platt Remembers Ozersky: A True Grub Street Intellectual
The New York Times: Joshua Ozersky, Prolific Food Writer, Is Dead at 47