He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 while at LA Weekly. He was a finalist again in 2011. “Jonathan earned worldwide acclaim as a food critic, but he possessed the soul of a poet whose words helped readers everywhere understand the history and culture of our city,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. Its reviews focused on “hole-in-the-wall joints, street food, mom-and-pop shops and ethnic restaurants.” “Jonathan understood that food could be a power for bringing a community together, for understanding other people,” said Ruth Reichl, who edited Gold at the Times and at Gourmet.
Gold’s work is profiled in the 2015 documentary film City of Gold, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It was said that Gold helped his readers understand dozens of cuisines and helped the city understand itself. Mr. Gold chronicled his city’s pupuserias, bistros, diners, nomadic taco trucks, soot-caked outdoor rib and brisket smokers, sweaty indoor xiao long bao steamers, postmodern pizzerias, vintage delicatessens, strictly omakase sushi-yas, Roman gelaterias, Korean porridge parlors, Lanzhou hand-pulled noodle vendors, Iranian tongue-sandwich shops, vegan hot dog griddles, cloistered French-leaning hyper-seasonal tasting counters and wood-paneled Hollywood grills with chicken potpie.