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Howard Seftel 

From 1992 to until he retired in 2015, Howard Seftel spent 23 years writing about the Valley restaurant scene, at the Phoenix New Times and Arizona Republic.

A native New Yorker, he lived abroad for five years after college in the 1970s --  three years in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, followed by two years in pre-revolutionary Iran working for an American company.

He then moved to Berkeley to work on a Ph.d, teaching there and at Antioch University in Los Angeles before settling in Phoenix in 1990. 

 He and his wife Kathleen have two daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandsons.