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April 17, 2014

Local food writer visits CSU

By Hannah Corcoran

Local food writer Laura Taxel will be at Cleveland State University on Wednesday, April 16 to discuss her book “Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking”.

The event will take place at 3 p.m. in Rhodes Tower room 503, as a part of the Local Authors Book Talk Series sponsored by The Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library.

Taxel, an award-winning writer, is a contributor for The National Culinary Review, Cleveland Magazine and Edible Cleveland. She reviews local restaurants and reports on the local food movement in Cleveland.

“There’s so many great ones,” Taxel said about restaurants in Cleveland.

But, she doesn’t pick favorites.

“I could go to a different favorite one every night,” she said.

Taxel is also the author of a best-selling guidebook called “Cleveland Ethnic Eats,” which was incorporated into last year’s Freshman Experience curriculum.

She came to Cleveland State last year to discuss the book and talked about ethnic food and its health benefits.

Taxel began her career in food writing after she had her first child.

“I knew I wanted a writing career and I also wanted to be home with my family,” she said. “I decided it [food] was a good topic for a career that would fit with my personal life.”

In 1995, after “Cleveland Ethnic Eats” came out, her career took off, according to Taxel.
Over the course of her career, she has met famous chefs, such as Paul Bocuse, Jacques Pepin, Michael Symon and Anne Burrell. She had the opportunity to hang out with Anthony Bourdain when he came to Cleveland to film an episode of his TV show “No Reservations.”

Taxel’s work has also been featured in The Plain Dealer, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Magazine, Culture, Northern Ohio Live, Sommelier Journal and Cooking Light.