Eric Levin, a People Person
Eric Levin is Deputy EditorDining Editor of New Jersey Monthly magazine. He grew up in northern New Jersey and earned a degree in journalism, cum laude, from Boston University. He wrote a national column for TV Guide and was a senior editor at Us Weekly in its early years.
Eric then spent 22 years at People magazine as a writer and senior editor. In 1995 he founded People.com.
As editor of special projects at People, Eric oversaw books and special issues about the British Royals, Women in Hollywood, Country Music, and the Most Intriguing People of the Century.
After leaving People, Eric launched a successful freelance career. His writing has appeared in high-end publications including The New York Times, Discover, Departures, Food Arts, New Jersey Life, and New Jersey Monthly.
Eric Levin, Golf Authority
A passionate golfer, Eric was a regular contributor to Travel + Leisure Golf and Golf for Women. He has reviewed golf books and written about golf courses situated on Prince Edward Island (Canada), Liverpool (UK), Atlantic City, Long Island, and New Jersey.
• Golf aficionados and personalities Eric has profiled include Donald Trump and son Donald Jr., Mario Batali, British Open champion Scott Hamilton, long hitter Hank Kuehne, and instructor Roberto Borgatt.
Eric has served as executive director of the publishing company Classics of Golf, which is dedicated to preserving the classic works of golf literature.
He is a member of the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association.
Eric Levin as Foodie
Since 2005, Eric joined New Jersey Monthly in 2005, and oversees its extensive dining coverage. His duties as Dining Editor include restaurant reviewing and editing all dining coverage. He manages the magazine's frequent award issues and has produced special sections focusing on Garden State pizza, burgers, diners, brunch, Italian food, and seafood.
Eric Levin's Food-Writing Awards
Eric is also a respected writer of in-depth features about the food scene.
• His 2014 profile, "The Sirloin Sisters," about the Strassburger sisters who run their family's prime beef business, won first prize in feature writing from the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
• His New Jersey Monthly feature about an innovative, self-taught chef, "The Wizard of Zod," was a finalist for the 2010 award in food writing from the City and Regional Magazine Association
• His article for Food Arts magazine, "Monsieur Feret Builds His Neighborhood Dream House," detailing a Manhattan restaurateur's response to 9/11, was collected in the 2003 edition of Best Food Writing
• Eric tells you how not to make pizza: "Dough Boy: For Our Restaurant Maven, Making Pizzas Is Not as Easy as Pie"
Eric Levin in the Kitchen
Also a devoted cook, Eric knows whereof he writes.
• He has peeled potatoes and sliced calamari under the supervision of chef Luca Valerin in the kitchen of Osteria Giotto, a terrific Italian restaurant in Montclair, New Jersey
• Eric has also worked the salad and dessert stations at the DePuy Canal House in High Falls, New York, under chef John Novi
• He is an editorial consultant to Service Arts, Inc.
founder Eric Weiss, who contributes hotel reviews to Luxury Travel
Eric Levin as Photographer
Eric studied photography at Boston University and has been taking pictures, both journalistically and artistically, ever since.
Photos in Eric's "JCNJ," a multi-year project of street photography in Jersey City, New Jersey (Eric's birthplace) were purchased by Richard Lacayo, photography and later art critic of Time. Lacayo said of Eric's 2006 solo show, Corners, at Studio Montclair in Montclair, New Jersey, "Eric does not take easy pictures. What he takes are subtle, witty and intricate ones."
Eric's photos appear nearly daily on New Jersey Monthly's website. Eric's photography books, available on blurb.com, include I'll Be Right Back: The Bathroom Pictures; Still Life Never Sleeps; Edible Complex; and Souls Have Shapes.
A number of Eric's restaurant-bathroom pictures were featured in Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture.
Check Out and Connect with Eric Levin
Read Eric Levin's Luxury Travel Stories
• The Caribbean's top-rated golf course, with 90 holes (yes, 90) designed by master Pete Dye, Casa de Campo
• The sole five-star hotel in Bologna, Italy: the elegant, Old World Grand Hotel Majestic Gia Baglioni
• The world's first (and still fabulous) designer hotel: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
• An elegant, estate-like Berkshires (Massachusetts) getaway with great golf, Cranwell Resort, Spa, & Golf Club
• A gracious, classically furnished luxury hotel in Washington, DC, named for and commemorating America's third President, The Jefferson