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Skirt Steak by Charlotte Druckman

Expanding upon her explosive article 'Why Are There No Great Woman Chefs?' superstar food journalist Charlotte Druckman goes behind the kitchen doors of some of the world's leading female chefs to get to the bottom of what makes them tick, where the rivalries are and who are the female equivalents of foodie bad boys. Among her subjects of this uncensored look are Beth Aretsky and Gabrielle Hamilton. Druckman's investigative skills, knowledge of the food world and her unique narrative voice will make this compulsive reading.

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Skirt Steak Reviews

Publishers Weekly: In this well-researched book, food journalist Druckman explores what it's like for women in the very intense and sometimes glamorous restaurant industry as she interviews 75 female chefs and restaurant owners from around the country. Initially, the author's jokey asides seem distracting and the footnotes reminiscent of a term paper, but once the other voices are interspersed, hers becomes endearing and the footnotes useful sources of additional background, including what certain lingo like BOH (back of house) means. She speaks with such luminaries as Alice Waters and Lydia Shire as well as newbies Christina Tosi and Stephanie Izard (to date the only woman to have won Top Chef). The chefs weigh in on a variety of subjects including how to promote themselves and grow their businesses via television and social media, and balancing 18-hour days and personal lives. But the biggest recurring issue they encounter is sexism, like the banker who won't give a chef-owner with a thriving restaurant a loan for a second place, the guys in the kitchen who verbally abuse and harass their female counterparts, and the pastry field, where many women end up and do spectacularly well, but are far less respected by awards outfits and restaurant critics. (Nov.)

About Charlotte Druckman

Charlotte Druckman is a journalist, author and co-founder of the annual Tournament of Cookbooks with Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs. She covers food for The Wall Street Journal and has written a regular column for The New York Times Style Magazine. She frequently contributes to many other publications.

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Skirt Steak by Charlotte Druckman
Charlotte Druckman
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