A new book explores the lives of female chefs
You dine at the hottest restaurants, subscribe to all the food glossies and are given to gawking at top chefs in the same way other women fawn over A-list celebrities.
Food journalist, cookbook tournament cocreator and all-around food lover Charlotte Druckman shares your culinary obsessions. And in her insightful new book, she delves into an often-ignored element of the food industry: the lives of prestigious female chefs. In Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen, Druckman goes behind kitchen doors to discover what drives female chefs to cook day after day.
Each chapter covers a single topic (like culinary education or the meaning of the word chef) and introduces the challenges that female chefs face in today’s modern kitchen--think motherhood, money and media exposure.
Telling thoughts from rock-star chefs like Gabrielle Hamilton and Christina Tosi satisfied our food-celeb voyeurism. But what really kept us reading were the compelling stories of women under the gun. “Grill Bitch” Beth Aretsky’s recollections of fighting gender discrimination in culinary school--and beyond--had us totally inspired (and really glad we never worked in Anthony Bourdain’s kitchen).