Hanna Raskin, The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)
Hanna Raskin, food editor of The Post & Courier in Charleston, SC, is one of the most respected food writers in the country. She’s written for many publications, from Garden & Gun to Cooking Light, won many awards, including from the James Beard Foundation, but it’s her restaurant reviews that seem to get the most buzz, from her time at the Seattle Weekly and the Dallas Observer to her current tenure in Charleston. Here in this city, her work has been at times highly controversial, and has spurred backlash, but that’s a testament to how many people take her publication and her opinion under serious consideration. While I don’t always agree with her, nor she with me, I do not in any way condone the attacks on her person. Writing -- and food -- is a conversation, and Hanna is smack dab in the thick of it.