Food and feminism: journalists write about women in the food industry

It may seem that food journalism is a specific publishing field, but it does have room for specialization. One example of a smaller niche within the food journalism industry is the topic of female chefs. Despite the outdated belief that “women belong in the kitchen,” the food industry is largely male-dominated. Why? Many feminist food writers seek to answer that. There’s an entire subsection of food writing dedicated to examining the role of women in cooking, the restaurant industry, and food journalism, and it’s fascinating to read about.

Here’s an article written by a woman who quit the food industry:

And a book written by a UCF professor about women in food journalism:


3 thoughts on “Food and feminism: journalists write about women in the food industry

  1. awebb8 February 14, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    I really loved you post about your research so far on food industry for your report on journalism. I went and reached it a little myself and i wanted to share with you a couple of helpful links that i found to a couple of very interesting articles. One is written by Yale University and talks about how companies use hooks for the food industry. The Other is an investigative article that looks how someone breaks into the food industry. I thought they would be very helpful.

    Yale University :

    Investigative Article:



    • Allison Miehl February 17, 2015 / 4:33 am

      Thanks for the interesting links! It’s interesting to see how much goes on behind the scenes when it comes to our food; we only see such a small portion of the food industry and we rarely even think about how our food gets to us!


  2. daydreambeliever95 February 15, 2015 / 3:12 am

    This was actually really surprising to me. I was reading the article about the woman who left the industry, and it is interesting looking at this concept as opposed to the “women belong in the kitchen” or “Woman, go make me a sandwich” idea. I guess I haven’t ever put any thought into it, but the restaurant industry especially was one I would have assumed women would be accepted in, partly because of social stereotypes.


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