1. The myth of the humble lady chef. The Toronto Globe & Mail has a feature today on a perennial question: Why aren't there more female chefs in high-end cuisine?
As the article points out, the question is even more puzzling now that
half of cooking-school students are women. While the piece is thoughtful
and smartly written, it repeats a false truism that annoys me: that
female chefs generally don't do experimental, device-driven cooking. Almost every
article written about Dominique Crenn seems to mention this.
I think the reason there aren't more women doing this kind of cooking
to do with the smaller percentage of women who make it to the head of
high-end restaurants -- for a myriad of other reasons.
Or maybe I think the essentialist argument is bogus because the chef who opened my eyes to the many
possibilities of sous-vide cooking was Seattle's Maria Hines. What do you think?
which is half public-health campaign, half social movement. Elam, who's
the campaign's program director, says that more than 150 bloggers now
post Meatless Mondays features, and Oprah (!) has even given her
approval. "In these polemical, partisan times, perhaps moderation is
appealing," he writes.
3. Critic's pick changes. As we ramp up for the Weekly's annual Best of San
Francisco issue, I'm taking on a side project: putting my stamp
There are currently 125+ critic's picks, all chosen by my predecessor
and me. While the two of us share many favorites, last week I realized
some of San Francisco's best Mexican and Central American restaurants
weren't on the list. Ao I added Las Tinajas, La Santaneca, Gallardos, Taqueria San Francisco, and a few more. The list will keep evolving as I revisit old favorites. Is your favorite missing? Hit me up.