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


The best cookbooks of 2018 — for giving or for keeping

By , Globe Staff

This year’s offerings were personal, evocative, and focused on the joy of everyday cooking.

Quick Bite

Shore Leave: a subterranean tiki party in the South End

By , Globe Staff

The Bar Mezzana crew goes underground with rum-filled drinks and Asian-inspired finger food.


Breaking: Area nutrition professor advocates for actual nutrition

By , Globe staff

Only six fries? Internet, you’ve got better things to freak about.

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Pagu: A restaurant named for the chef’s dog, where dishes deserve to have their picture taken

By , Globe Staff

The menu at Pagu in Cambridge throws a net around Spain, Japan, Taiwan, and of-the-moment American food culture and pulls it comfortably snug.