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Alan Richman on Critics: "Everyone Is Unanonymous"

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GQ's Alan Richman emailed in to respond to us calling him a "food writer and very unanonymous altacocker," which we reprint now (with permission of course):

I appreciate you mentioning my picks, but labeling me "very unanonymous" is a bit unfair. It implies that I'm not trying to do an honest job. I never let restaurants I review know I'm coming, and while I'm often recognized while visiting NY restaurants, so is almost every other NY critic. Instantly. Everyone is unanonymous these days.

On the other hand, "altacocker" is very fair.

In terms of anonymity, Richman is right: it's almost entirely impossible. Except for Bloomberg's Ryan Sutton. We only have a small picture of him.

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