|Born||June 5, 1966|
|Occupation||food editor, national news editor, restaurant critic, cultural news editor, journalist, author|
|The New York Times, Talk magazine; New York Press (publications); A Field Guide to the Yettie (book)|
|Family||Hon. Charles Proctor Sifton (father); Elisabeth Sifton (mother)|
Sam Sifton (born June 5, 1966) is an American journalist and food editor at The New York Times. He was previously the paper's national editor. Sifton has also worked as deputy dining editor (2001); dining editor (2001–04); deputy culture editor (2004–2005), and culture editor (2005–2009).
Sifton was born on June 5, 1966 to the Hon. Charles Proctor Sifton, a senior district judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and Elisabeth Sifton, a senior vice president at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and author of The Serenity Prayer (2003). His maternal grandfather was the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr and his maternal grandmother was Ursula Niebuhr, the author of Remembering Reinhold Niebuhr (2001) and founder of the Barnard College Religion Department.
Sifton graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. degree in history and literature in 1988.
Sifton held a number of positions at the weekly New York Press during his tenure there from 1990 to 1998, including restaurant critic, contributing editor, senior editor, media critic, and managing editor.
Sifton was a founding editor of Talk in 1998 before coming to the Times in 2001.
Sifton is married to Tina Fallon, an independent theatre producer, and resides in Brooklyn.
- Sifton, Sam, Malosh, D., & New York Times Company. (2021). The New York Times Cooking No Recipe Recipes. New York: Ten Speed Press. ISBN 1529109833. OCLC 1250363553
- Sifton, Sam (2000). A Field Guide to the Yettie: Young, Enterepreneurial Technocrats. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 9780747556138. OCLC 59487866.
- Sifton, Sam (2013). Thanksgiving: How To Cook It Well. New York: Random House. ISBN 9780679605140. OCLC 869561516.
- Sifton, Sam (2020). See You on Sunday: A Cookbook for Family and Friends. New York: Random House. ISBN 9781400069927. OCLC 1111271503.
- Grub Street, July 2014
- Fox, Nick. "Times Names Sam Sifton Next National Editor." The New York Times, 13 September 2011
- Finke, Nikki. "New York Times Names Its Top Culture Vulture." L.A. Weekly, 26 May 2005.
- "The New York Times Names Sam Sifton Culture Editor; Jim Schachter to Assume Enlarged Role as Deputy Editor" 19th May 2005
- "Sam Sifton Is Named Restaurant Critic for The Times" 5 August 2009
- "Per Se - A Critic Selects a Last Meal"
- Articles by Sam Sifton on the New York Times website