Women on Food: Charlotte Druckman and 115 Writers, Chefs, Critics, Television Stars, and Eaters

Abrams. Oct. 2019. 400p. photos. index. ISBN 9781419736353. pap. $30; ebk. ISBN 9781683356813. COOKING
Food writer and journalist Druckman (Stir, Sizzle, Bake; Skirt Steak) sought to talk to women who work in and around the food industry. In casual, previously unpublished essays, she shares an understanding of what it’s really like for women in this profession, both the joys and the frustrations. Druckman alternates between in-depth interviews with a single subject and quick responses to a question answered by several writers, chefs, food critics, TV stars, and foodies. Familiar faces make appearances, such as TV chef and personality Rachael Ray and Top Chef contestant Preeti Mistry, as well as those who might be lesser known, such as Cheryl Rogowski, the first farmer awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant, and food writer Rebecca Flint Marx. Druckman’s questions revolve around a wide range of topics: Whom would you credit for career advice, were you ever unsure in your role, what’s your favorite gadget or food product?
VERDICT Druckman’s lively work will appeal to anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes of the food industry, including the less glamorous aspects.

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