Restaurateurs, breathe easy. The New York Times’ beloved (and feared) restaurant critic, Frank Bruni, is leaving the beat to promote his new book and take an “overdue vacation,” according to executive editor Bill Keller (guess eating free food is more strenuous than it seems). Bruni’s been creative with his role as critic: he wrote about a 9-day, 15-state fast food road trip, where he rhapsodized over the delights of Taco Cabana and other iconic fast food chains. Bruni’s memoir, "Born Round: the Secret History of a Full-Time Eater," is out this August. Good news for foodies: the paper is actively seeking a successor.
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