Food Writer

Devra First

Devra First is the Globe’s food writer and restaurant critic. She writes features about the world of food, restaurant reviews, and critical pieces exploring the cultural and societal meaning of food and restaurants.

First has worked at the Globe as a writer and editor since 2000. She was previously the Globe’s food editor. She has also served as assistant arts editor in the Globe’s Living/Arts department and worked at the Boston Phoenix (RIP). First is originally from New York.

Latest stories

What She’s Having

A love affair in four courses at The Table at Season to Taste

By , Globe Staff

The Cambridge restaurant offers romance for people who enjoy food (almost) as much as they enjoy each other.

Why are so many Boston restaurants closing?

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It’s the rents. It’s the labor costs. It’s changing tastes. It’s the Trump factor. In short: It’s the perfect storm, and something needs to change.

Dining Out

At Whaling in Oklahoma, chef Tim Maslow finds new focus

By , Globe Staff

The former Ribelle chef returns with his own take on Japanese food.

Quick Bite

Where a meal is also a story about culture and identity

By , Globe Staff

At Tanam in Union Square, Ellie Tiglao and company serve multicourse, ticket-only menus that illustrate why we should all be paying attention to Filipino food. (Bonus: Sometimes you get to eat with your hands!)