Patricia K. Brooks, 94

Patricia K. Brooks, Minneapolis native and Connecticut author and journalist, died peacefully in her New Canaan home on January 28, 2021, surrounded by family. She was 94. 

A prolific writer who authored more than two dozen books and wrote hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, mostly on food and travel, Ms. Brooks was perhaps best known for her work as the restaurant critic for the New York Times’s Connecticut Weekly section. From 1977 to 2016, she filed an estimated 1,800 reviews, never once missing a deadline. That despite a travel schedule which, over the course of those years, had her visiting 65 different countries on five continents. 

She once described herself as a “typewriter for hire,” though critics and admirers found her work more interesting than that modest self-description implies, with a style that was graceful, creative and often laced with wry humor. She was the recipient of several awards for her writing. 

Patricia Janet Kersten was born in Evanston, Illinois, on December 17, 1926, to Robert and Mable Harrington Kersten, and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota.