Girls Can't Cook

I've been wondering about this for a long time, and I've never said anything before, but recently what I suspected was finally confirmed: women can't cook. I thought they could, but after this year's James Beard awards, I realize: nope. 24 people received awards this year, and three of them were...

Lady Chef Stampede: Edna Lewis

I'm holding a Lady Chef Stampede! For the rest of the year, and maybe beyond, I'll be posting about the dozens of women who changed the history of food. Whether they're chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are the women on whose shoulders we're all standing.Edna LewisThe granddaughter of...

Lady Chef Stampede: Chu Niang

I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede! For the rest of the year, and maybe beyond, I’ll be posting about the dozens of women who changed the history of food. Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing.Chu niang is not an person, it's a...

Lady Chef Stampede: Eugénie Brazier!

I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede! For the rest of the year, and maybe beyond, I’ll be posting about the dozens of women who changed the history of food. Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing.Alain Ducasse is such a famous chef!...

Lady Chef Stampede: MFK Fisher

I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede! For the rest of the year, and maybe beyond, I’ll be posting about the dozens of women who changed the history of food. Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing. The first names that spring to mind...

Lady Chef Stampede: Sylvia Woods

I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede! For the rest of the year, and maybe beyond, I’ll be posting about the dozens of women who changed the history of food. Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing. Today's Lady Chef: Sylvia Woods.I...

Lady Chef Stampede: The Girl from Ipanema

I'm taking a break from talking about the great lady chefs of history, and today I'm going to talk about a lady chef who's not on TV. She's not actually from Ipanema either, but she is from Brazil, so I thought that post title was fair game. Priscilla Herrera did a stage here for a week, but I hate...

Lady Chef Stampede: Madame du Barry

I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede! This year, I’ll be posting about the dozens of women who changed the history of food. Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing. Today’s Lady Chef isn't a chef at all, but she's still important:...

Lady Chef Stampede: Elena Arzak

I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede! On the Dirt Candy blog, I'm posting about the dozens of women who are changing the history of food, now and in the past. Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing. But today’s Lady Chef proves that...

Lady Chef Stampede: Dione Lucas

I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede! For the past few months, and into the future, I’m posting about the dozens of women who changed the history of food, now and in the past. Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing. Today's Lady...

Lady Chef Stampede: Female Sushi Chefs

I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede, posting about the dozens of women who've changed the history of food, now and in the past! Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing. Today’s Lady Chef is that most elusive of all creatures: female...

Lady Chef Stampede: Mary Vereen Huguenin

This week's Lady Chef Stampede singles out a lady who is not a chef, but a cookbook writer, Mary Vereen Huguenin. I'm making an exception this week to celebrate Charleston, SC, home of Ted and Matt Lee who I've known for a long time and whose new book, Charleston Kitchen, just came out (also, full...

Lady Chef Stampede: Josefina Velazquez de Leon

Today's member of the Lady Chef Stampede is a woman who was more of a home cook than anything else, but as a home cook she invented a national cuisine. Everyone who cooks Mexican food, from Diana Kennedy to Rick Bayless, are all unequivocal in their assessment: we owe it all to Josefina Velazquez...

Lady Chef Stampede: Rosaura Guerrero

Today's Lady Chef is living the dream in a really different way. A home cook who blew up big, she wound up making enough money to support her children and grandchildren by doing that most un-chef-y thing of all: she sold out. Growing up the daughter of a union Teamster in Arizona, sometimes...

For Anthony Bourdain

Over the last couple of weeks, Anthony Bourdain has taken to Twitter to question whether or not naming a woman "Best Female Chef" is an insult or not. He wonders, shouldn't they just be called "Best Chef?" On the one hand, sure, that would be nice if we lived in a world that was totally equal, but...

Lady Chef Stampede: Li Li

Welcome back to the Lady Chef Stampede. This week, I'm talking about a chef who single-handedly kept alive an entire history of food, but who has received almost no credit. There's very little about her that I can find in English, but it's time that everyone celebrated the Lady Chef Supreme, Li Li....

Lady Chef Stampede: The 90's

I'm having a Lady Chef Stampede, talking about all the women in food whose shoulders we're standing on today. I know it's one of those things old people say right before they yell at kids to get off their lawns, but things used to be different way back when. There was a time when Lady Chefs roamed...

Lady Chef Stampede: Leslie Revsin

Yee-ha! It's another installment in the Lady Chef Stampede! This week, the LCS is pouring out a little of its forty for a chef who opened a big door for women, had her own restaurant, and died about nine years ago. Her name: Leslie Revsin.Born in Chicago, Revsin's dad worked quality control for a...

Lady Chef Stampede: Amy Scherber

This week, on the Lady Chef Stampede, we get baked with Amy Scherber, the woman behind Amy's Bread. Normally I am deeply suspicious of bakers, regarding them as a mutant offshoot of pastry cooks (if you want to know about pastry cooks, I suggest reading some H.P. Lovecraft, who wrote about them in...

Lady Chef Stampede: Madeleine Kamman

While the Lady Chef Stampede is only supposed to talk about lady chefs, I've been deviating from that path a lot recently. Whether it's Rosaura Guerrero, the founder of Rosarita Foods, or Amy Scherber, the baker who founded Amy's Breads, I've been mixing it up and keeping you off balance. Today, I...

Lady Chef Stampede: Rosa Lewis

It's hard to believe that a lady chef as colorful, as wild, and as influential as Rosa Lewis has been forgotten, but I have to admit that until I recently stumbled across her name I'd never heard of her. So today, in honor of the unbelievably colorful life she led, this isn't the Lady Chef...

Lady Chef Stampede: Patricia Quintana

I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede, posting about the dozens of women who’ve changed the history of food, now and in the past! Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing. Today: Mexico's official lady chef, Patricia Quintana.It's kind...

Lady Chef Stampede: Barbara Lynch

Welcome to the Lady Chef Stampede! This week, we're talking about Boston's Barbara Lynch because Boston is hot. Ben Affleck makes movies there! The Heat takes place there! Whitey Bulger! The accents are funny! When you read about Barbara Lynch, a lot of what you read about is her rough background....

Lady Chef Stampede: Carmen Ramirez Degollado

I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede, posting about the dozens of women who’ve changed the history of food, now and in the past! Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are either the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing, or the women pushing food forward today. I've covered a...

Lady Chef Stampede: Cristeta Comerford

I feel bad. As part of my Lady Chef Stampede I've been highlighting lady chefs of the past and the present but I've ignored a lady chef right under my nose. Because if you could say that the United States has a national chef, that would be the White House chef and, since 2005, that post has been...

These Are Not the Lady Chefs of New York City

There was a back-and-forth on Twitter earlier this week about how few lady chefs are invited to take part in so many food events. Under-representation of female chefs seems to be a theme not just at events but with food coverage in general and the eternal excuse given by event organizers,...

Meet Another Lady Chef!

One of the worst offenders in sidelining female chefs is Food + Wine magazine, but it looks like they're coming around, or at least their online editors are. Back in December they asked me to write a profile of someone I thought was an up and coming lady chef. My choice was Sawako Okochi of Shalom...

Lady Chef Stampede: Nel McNaughton

I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede, posting about the dozens of women who’ve changed the history of food, now and in the past! Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing. But today, I'm using one of these women, Nel McNaughton, to talk...