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Late food critic Claiborne getting a marker in the Delta

INDIANOLA — Craig Claiborne, the late celebrated food critic for The New York Times, will be honored Thursday with a historical marker in his native Sunflower County.

The unveiling will take place at 4 p.m. at 208 West Percy Street in Indianola, in front of the home where Claiborne lived as a boy.

Claiborne wrote more than 20 books in three decades as a New York Times food editor and the newspaper’s occasional restaurant critic, including its own cook book and an autobiography, “A Feast Made for Laughter.”

Claiborne retired from the Times in 1986. He died in 2000 at the age of 79.

In 1957, Claiborne, who grew up eating biscuits and fried chicken in his mother’s Mississippi boarding house, became the first male food editor at the Times.

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