61: Women on Food - Exploring Gender, Race, and Power in Food Writing with Charlotte Druckman


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Have you ever read a book you just couldn’t put down, and dreamt that you’d be able to chat with the author to steep a little bit more in their perspective? This week’s episode is a bit of a dream come true in that sense for me! I’m speaking with Charlotte Druckman all about her newest book, Women on Food. Based out of New York City, Charlotte is a journalist, food writer, and the creator of Food52’s Tournament of Cookbooks (aka the piglet). She is also the author of Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen, and Stir, Sizzle, Bake, and coauthor of Anita Lo’s Cooking Without Borders.

Women on Food unites the radical, diverging female voices of the food industry in an urgent, moving, and often humorous collection of essays, interviews, questionnaires, illustrations, quotes, and more. When reading the book before the interview, what was most striking was the energy that came from it – she’s not afraid to challenge conventions of what we think “good” food writing should be, and she’s actively redesigning the spaces in which we read and think about food through her anthology. In our interview, we explore some of the patterns she saw around the themes of power, race, and gender within each piece, and explore the process she went through writing some of her own original pieces within the book.

Before we dive into the interview, I wanted to share with local Toronto listeners that Charlotte will be in town this THURSDAY December 5th for a chat with Jenn Agg at VSP Consignment. I have the details posted below:

Toronto Event:

Thursday, December 5th, 6:30 PM at VSP Consignment (1410 Dundas St W).

Email rsvp@monacreative.co to RSVP to the event and for more details.

Learn More About Charlotte

Women on Food Anthology

Instagram: @chardrucks

Twitter: @cettedrucks

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