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Village Voice food critic Robert Sistmea pens a piece about the history of restaurant reviewing for the newest issue of the Columbia Journalism Review. While the main focus is on NY critics, a lot of the history Sistema writes about directly relates to how food criticism on the whole has evolved over the past fifty or so years. His take on where we're at right now: "More than ever, diners could use a reliable critical guide. But where once there were a few dependable voices who reviewed restaurants based on a common set of professional standards and strategies, there is now a digital free-for-all." Read it. [CJK via Eater NY]