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Grand Forks' Marilyn Hagerty has book deal with celebrity chef

Chef Anthony Bourdain finds Marilyn Hagerty's restaurant reviews refreshing and heartfelt. In fact, he sees her life's work as a history of American dining. That's why he'll collaborate on a book with the 85-year-old Grand Forks Herald columnist. Hagerty's Olive Garden review that went viral last month was her unexpected meal ticket to the world of celebrity foodies.
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Chef Anthony Bourdain finds Marilyn Hagerty's restaurant reviews refreshing and heartfelt. In fact, he sees her life's work as a history of American dining. That's why he'll collaborate on a book with the 85-year-old Grand Forks Herald columnist. Hagerty's Olive Garden review that went viral last month was her unexpected meal ticket to the world of celebrity foodies.

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