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

Off Their Plate provides meals to health care workers on the coronavirus front lines

By , Globe Staff

Who is doing the cooking? Restaurant employees who would otherwise be out of work.


Once we ate together in restaurants. That feels like another era

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What makes these spaces so important?


Nightshade Noodle Bar takes root in Lynn

By , Globe Staff

Chef Rachel Miller’s Vietnamese-inspired restaurant celebrates fresh herbs, artful cocktails, and the joys of being a local.