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Apr 17, 2014 04:54 PM

Interesting article: Why aren't there more female food critics?

Would be interested to know what Chowhounds who read a fair amount of food/restaurant criticism think:

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  1. Men are more inclined to be obsessive nerds about any given topic, whether it's food, growing orchids or collecting stamps.

    1. Because, unfortunately, it's still a man's world.

      Things are changing. But the words "glacial" and "pace" do come to mind.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Yep. But except for the relatively recent phenomenon of those "written" by celebrity restaurateur chefs, women write (and acquire and edit) the overhwelming number of our cookbooks. Without them, I'd have hardly anything onthe shelf.

        1. re: bob96

          That's true, bob96, but I think there's a big difference between critical writing and instructional writing. Women are generally accepted as teachers, but rarely as critics, in any field.

          1. re: ninrn

            Teachers can also be template-creating authorities: Hazan, Harmon Jenkins, Rosetto Kasper, Costantino, Kamman, Child, Kennedy, Roden, Simeti, and many, many others. Their work makes at least as strong and very often a more permanent an impact as that of any critic. Anyone remember Seymour Britchky?

            1. re: bob96

              Absolutely. I'm not saying that women don't deeply influence food culture, practices and tastes. I just thought the article raised interesting points about why there aren't more women in the field of criticism specifically, and about the way the people (both men and women, really) often take criticism coming from a woman quite differently from criticism coming from a man.

      2. Maybe in the US but in the UK there are a goodly number and they are very well regarded.