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Mimi Sheraton was born into a food-loving family in Brooklyn.

Her mother was an excellent cook and her father was a commission

merchant in the Washington Market, a wholesale produce market.

Growing up she was surrounded by talk of good food and cooking,

where to find the best fruits and vegetables and how

to recognize them. Though food was always her love and her hobby

it did not immediately become her vocation.



At the NYU School of Commerce she majored in marketing

and minored in journalism, graduating to find work writing

home furnishings copy at an advertising agency. She continued writing

about home furnishings at Good Housekeeping magazine until

she attended the New York School of Interior Design

and became a certified professional decorator,

eventually becoming homefurnishings editor of Seventeen magazine.



It was at Seventeen magazine that Mimi's lifelong interest in food

began to blossom. While traveling for her duties as an editor

she researched furniture designers, china and silver factories,

but for herself she researched food. She went to restaurants and markets

all over the world, taking photographs, tasting everything, and returning

to the States with specialized cooking and serving utensils,

and cookbooks. At the time she was sharing an office with

the food editor, and she soon began to experiment in the adjoining

test kitchen. Not long after that Mimi became

the new Seventeen magazine food editor.

She continued to write about food when she moved to House Beautiful

as the managing editor of their supplements division.



Succumbing wholeheartedly to her passion for food, Mimi spent

the next twenty years traveling the world and free-lancing.

As a freelancer she produced food and design themed exhibitions

for the Hallmark Gallery such as "Bread & Wine," "Celebrations,"

"Design: Italian Style," "American Needlework, Past & Present,"

and "Antique Tools." Mimi did menu research for Restaurant Associates

when they were designing the Four Seasons and Zum Zum.

She also developed patient and coffee shop menus and recipes at NYU

Hospital and served as a consultant to Georg Jensen.

In 1960 Mimi gathered folk art for Jensen's, did food research

for Restaurant Associates and traveled around the world in

four and a half months to write "City Portraits," a guide

to sixty cities, all in one trip.



Mimi has taken cooking courses at the China Institute in New York,

at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and studied with private teachers

in Copenhagen, Beirut, Phnom Penh and Istanbul. Her columns about food

have been published in many magazines, including Town & Country,

The Village Voice, Eros, Esquire, Mademoiselle and Coronet.

In December of 1975, Mimi became the food critic at the New York Times,

where she remained for eight years.



Upon leaving the Times in 1983, Mimi went on to serve as a food critic

and reporter for Time magazine, spending three weeks in China to do

a major report on food. For Conde Nast Traveler she flew "business class"

around the world to report on the food of 11 different airlines,

and traveled around the United States for one year to find candidates

for the annual Distinguished Restaurant Award that the Traveler

gives to 50 U.S. restaurants each year.



Since that time Mimi has also written for Harper's Bazaar, Vogue,

Audubon, The New York Times Magazine, The Sophisticated Traveler

and Smart Money.



She has lectured on food criticism at Cornell's Hotel

and Restaurant School and at the Culinary Institute of

America in St. Helena, California.



For her work in New York magazine Mimi won a Penney-Missouri Journalism

prize and has won a Front Page Award for her work in the New York Times.



Most recently Mimi has been a monthly contributor to New Woman

magazine while working on a book about the great food markets

of the world for Harry N. Abrams. She is also writing

"An Oral History of the Bialy," and is curating an exhibition

on Food and Fashion for the Fashion Institute of Technology

that is planned for the fall of 1997.



Mimi Sheraton still resides in Greenwich Village as she has for the past 50

years, where she tends her garden and lives with her husband

Richard Falcone. She has one son, Marc Falcone.


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