Frank Bruni Takes Off the Mask

Frank Bruni steps down the New York Times' restaurant critic in a couple of weeks, and his memoir, Born Round, debuts on bookstore shelves on August 20. So it was only a matter of time before Bruni finally unmasked himself and showed to the world the face that has been taped to kitchen walls for close to five years now.

Well, it seems that day has arrived.

Publisher's Weekly published an interview with Bruni today and posted the first (official, at least) photo of the outgoing critic. He certainly doesn't look like someone who has been paid to eat for the past half-decade. But perhaps as a follow-up to Born Round, he'll publish an exercise book next, and his secrets to staying slim will be revealed once and for all.

Cooking the Books with Frank Bruni [PW]