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Brooks' 'Food Lovers' Guide' released in fourth edition

Published 11:13 am, Monday, June 24, 2013
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"Food Lovers' Guide to Connecticut," the latest book by author Patricia Brooks, a longtime New Canaan resident, has just been published by Globe Pequot Press.

Although the book is the fourth edition of the "Food Lovers' Guide," it is essentially brand new.

"Food has a short shelf life," said Brooks. "Restaurants and gourmet food shops open and close and new ones appear all the time."

She added that there are almost double the number of restaurants in this book than in the last edition and that in the first edition there were about 75 farmers' markets in Connecticut. "Now more than 125 are included in the book," she said.

The new edition also includes a number of "quick bite" places that she calls "Nibbles," which are less expensive than other restaurants.

Brooks has been the restaurant reviewer for The New York Times' Connecticut section since 1977. As such, she has traveled all over the state numerous times. Throughout her career she has also written articles for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure and many other national magazines and newspapers.

"Food Lovers' Guide to Connecticut" is her 27th published book, including three cookbooks and guidebooks to New England, New York state, Spain, Portugal and Great Britain. She collaborated with her late husband Lester on many of those books, as well as the first three editions of the "Food Lovers' Guide," which were published in 2001, 2004 and 2007. In a long career, she has traveled extensively all over the world, living two years in the Philippines, and a shorter time in London, Madrid and Tokyo.

Brooks grew up in Minneapolis. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota. She did post-graduate studies at the University of London.

Brooks and her family moved from New York to Norwalk in 1956 and have lived in New Canaan since 1959. She has three sons, all of whom are also writers.