Why We Cook: Women on Food, Identity, and Connection

Why We Cook: Women on Food, Identity, and Connection

by Lindsay Gardner
Why We Cook: Women on Food, Identity, and Connection

Why We Cook: Women on Food, Identity, and Connection

by Lindsay Gardner


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With more than one hundred women restaurateurs, activists, food writers, professional chefs, and home cooks—all of whom are changing the world of food. Featuring essays, profiles, recipes, and more, Why We Cook is curated and illustrated by author and artist Lindsay Gardner, whose visual storytelling gifts bring nuance and insight into their words and their work, revealing the power of food to nourish, uplift, inspire curiosity, and effect change.

“Prepare to be blown away by Lindsay Gardner’s illustrations. Her gift as an artist is part of this fluid conversation about food with some of the most intriguing women, and you’ll never want it to end. Why We Cook highlights our voices and varied perspectives in and out of the kitchen and empowers us to reclaim our place in it.” —Carla Hall, chef, television personality, and author of Carla Hall’s Soul Food

Why We Cook is a wonderful, heartwarming antidote to these trying times, and a powerful testament to unity through food.” —Anita Lo, chef and author of Solo and Cooking Without Borders

“This book is a beautiful object, but it’s also much more than that: an essay collection, a trove of recipes, a guidebook for how we might use food to fight for and further justice. The women in its pages remind us that it’s in the kitchen, in the field, and around the table that we do our most vital work as human beings—and that, now more than ever, we must.” —Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life and The Fixed Stars

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523509744
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,049,361
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lindsay Gardner is an illustrator and mother of two daughters (her favorite sous chefs). Her watercolor and gouache illustrations have appeared in cookbooks and editorial projects, advertising campaigns, and stationery and interior design collaborations. This wide-ranging artistic sensibility makes her a gentle interrogator of the world around her. Her food art has appeared in Cookie Advent Cookbook (Chronicle, 2016), Pies, Fries & Ice Cream (Chronicle, 2016), and The Rituals (Chronicle, 2019). You may have also seen her work in Uppercase Magazine, Architectural Digest, StyleCarrot, Decorist, and Vogue, among others. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, she’s been fortunate to live in the beautiful and vibrant locales of Oakland and San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, and Middlebury, VT.

Table of Contents

Abigail Fuller, Miscellaneous, Documentary filmmaker, food system activist, farmer, Virginia,
Abra Berens, Recipe, Head chef and farmer at Granor Farms; cofounder of Bare-Knuckle Farms; writer, Three Oaks, MI,
Alana Newhouse, Memorable Meal, Author of The 100 Most Jewish Foods, founder and editor-in-chief at Tablet Magazine, Pittsburgh, PA,
Alexa Reyes, Food Truckers Q&A, owner of Lumpia City food truck, Milwaukee, WI,
Allie Balin, Work Wives Q&A, Cofounder of Henrietta Red, Nashville, TN,
Amanda Cohen, Essay, Head chef and owner of Dirt Candy, New York, NY,
Amanda Hesser, Work Wives Q&A, Former food editor/writer, cofounder of Food52, New York, NY,
Amanda Saab, Memorable Meal, Cofounder of Dinner with your Muslim Neighbor, former Masterchef competitor, founder of Butter Bear Shop, Livonia, MI,
Amy Quichiz, Activists & Changemakers Q&A, Vegan chef, cofounder of Veggiemijas, a national collective of women of color vegans, New York,
Ana Diogo-Draper, Contributor Q&A, Director of winemaking at Artesa Vineyards, Napa, CA,
Ana Roš, Miscellaneous, Self-taught chef and owner of Hisa Franko in Slovenia, Kobarid, Slovenia,
Angela Garbacz, Bakers Give Back Q&A, Pastry chef and founder of Goldenrod Pastries as well as the initiative Empower Through Flour (raising money for the organization I Am That Girl), Lincoln, NE,
Anita Lo, Kitchen Portrait, Chef, restauranteur, author, New York, NY,
Anna Francese Gass, Contributor Q&A, Author of Heirloom Kitchen, Rhode Island,
Annie Happel, Essay, Partner and vice president at Magnum PR, San Francisco, CA,
Anya Fernald, Kitchen Portrait, Owner of Belcampo Meat Company and Butchery, TV personality, sustainable food and farming expert, Oakland, CA,
Arielle Johnson, Essay, PhD in Flavor and Science of Food, writer, scientist, New York,
Ariel Pasternak, Work Wives Q&A, Cofounder of Pineapple Collaborative, Washington, D.C.,
Ashleigh Shanti, Recipe, Chef and restauranteur, Asheville, NC,
Ashley Rodriguez, Recipe, Blogger (Not Without Salt), host and producer of Kitchen Unnecessary series, cookbook author, forager, Seattle, WA,
Atara Bernstein, Work Wives Q&A, Cofounder of Pineapple Collaborative, Washington, D.C.,
Autumn Martin, Ice Cream Innovators Q&A, Frankie and Jo's Plant-Based Ice Cream, Seattle, WA,
Barbara Lynch, Kitchen Portrait, Chef, James Beard award winner, restaurant owner, Boston, MA,
Blake Spalding, Profile, Cofounder of Hell's Backbone Grill & Farm, author, Boulder, UT ,
Bonnie Tsui, Essay, Journalist and author (American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods, Why We Swim), San Francisco, CA,
Bryony Grealish, Activists & Changemakers Q&A, Founder of The Fingerless Kitchen, a food show for people with disabilities, Syracuse, NY,
Cara Mangini, Miscellaneous, Founding chef of Little Eater, author of The Vegetable Butcher, Columbus, OH,
Carla Hall, Kitchen Portrait, Cohost on The Chew, Top Chef contestant, chef, author, public speaker, Washington, D.C.,
Caroline Glover, Contributor Q&A, Chef/owner of Annette, Aurora, CO,
Celia Sack, Profile, Owner of Omnivore Books and author, San Francisco, CA,
Cheetie Kumar, Contributor Q&A, James Beard nominated chef and co-owner of Garland, Raleigh, NC,
Christa Chase, Profile, Previously executive chef at Tartine Manufactory, San Francisco, CA,
Christine Hà, Profile, MasterChef winner, blogger, cookbook author, chef/restaurateur, Houston, TX,
Cristina Martinez, Aficionada, Chef, restaurant owner, and barbacoa specialist, recently featured on Chef's Table, Philadelphia, PA,
Deborah Harris, Essay, Sociologist at Texas State University studying gender, food, and inequality; author of TAKING THE HEAT, Austin, TX,
Deborah Madison, Kitchen Portrait, Chef, writer, teacher, vegetarian cooking, founding chef at SF's Greens Restaurant, active in Slow Food Movement, New Mexico,
Dorie Greenspan, Kitchen Portrait, James Beard award-winning author , NYC, Westbrook, CT, and Paris, France,
Elaine Chukan Brown, Essay, Wine writer, speaker, illustrator, chosen as Wine Industry Network's 2019 most interesting people, Sonoma, CA,
Elizabeth Binder, Recipe, Chef and owner of Hand-Crafted Catering, Napa, CA,
Emily Staugaitis, Profile, Cofounder of Bandhu Gardens, Detroit, MI,
Gail Simmons, Kitchen Portrait, Culinary expert, food writer, TV personality, New York (originally Canada),
Gray Chapman, Essay, Atlanta-based journalist writing about food, spirits, and culture, Atlanta, GA,
Haile Thomas, Profile, Vegan food & lifestyle influencer, podcaster, health advocate, speaker, cookbook coming out in 2020, youngest ever certified Nutrition Coach in the US, founder and CEO of HAPPY (Healthy Active Positive Purposeful Youth), New York,
Hillel Echo-Hawk, Recipe, Chef, owner of Birch Basket catering, member of I-collective, Washington,
Ikeisha Fields, Food Truckers Q&A, Soul Skillet, San Francisco, CA,
Irene Li, Food Truckers Q&A, Mei Mei, Boston, MA,
Isabel Coss, Contributor Q&A, Pastry chef at Cosme, New York,
Jen Castle, Profile, Cofounder of Hell's Backbone Grill & Farm, author, Boulder, UT ,
Jeni Britton Bauer, Ice Cream Innovators Q&A, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Ohio,
Jennie Dundas, Ice Cream Innovators Q&A, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Brooklyn, NY,
Dr. Jessica B. Harris, Recipe, Considered one of the preeminent scholars of the food of the African Diaspora, Harris has been inducted into the James Beard Who’s Who in Food and Beverage in America, received an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University and recently helped the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture to conceptualize its cafeteria. Also cookbook author., New York, New Orleans, and Martha’s Vineyard,
Jess Thomson, Essay, Food/travel writer and author, Seattle, WA,
Jodi Liano, Contributor Q&A, Founder of SF Cooking School, recipe developer, San Francisco, CA,
Joyce Goldstein, Kitchen Portrait, Chef, cookbook author, restaurateur, San Francisco, CA,
Julia Sherman, Veggie Visionaries Q&A, Cook, writer, creative director of Chopt Salad, blogger (Salad for President), and author (Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists), New York, NY,
Julia Sullivan, Work Wives Q&A, Cofounder of Henrietta Red, Nashville, TN,
Julia Turshen, Memorable Meal, Cookbook author (Now & Again, Feed the Resistance, Small Victories), Hudson Valley, NY,
Kamala Saxton, Food Truckers Q&A, Marination, Seattle, WA,
Kari Brunson, Ice Cream Innovators Q&A, Frankie and Jo's Plant Based Ice Cream, Seattle, WA,
Kate Williams, Profile, Head chef and owner of Lady of the House, Detroit, MI,
Katianna Hong, Essay, Previously Chef de Cuisine at Charter Oak, St. Helena, CA,
Katie Button, Contributor Q&A, Executive Chef and CEO, Katie Button Restaurant Group, cookbook author, Conway, SC,
Katie Workman, Contributor Q&A, Author (Mom 100, Dinner Solved), hunger relief advocate & activist, New York, NY ,
Kiki Louya, Work Wives Q&A, Cofounder of The Farmer's Hand, gourmet grocery/cafe and FOLK, Detroit, MI,
Kristen Essig, Contributor Q&A, Chef and owner of Coquette, New Orleans, LA,
Laurel Almerinda, Bakers Give Back Q&A, Head baker and director of ops for Rustic Canyon Restaurant Group/Huckleberry Bakery in LA, as well as BakeSale Gather For Good, raising money for women's reproductive rights, Los Angeles, CA,
Lauren Guptill, Ice Cream Innovators Q&A, Rococo, Maine,
Leah Penniman, Miscellaneous, Cofounder and co-director at Soul Fire Farm, winner of 2019 James Beard leadership award, Petersburg, NY,
Leticia Landa, Essay + Recipe, Deputy director at La Cocina, San Francisco, CA,
Lisa Ludwinski, Bakers Give Back Q&A, James Beard award nominated baker (2019) for her sustainable, community-minded bakery, Sister Pie, cookbook author, Sister Pie 2018. She's also a writer and illustrator (illustrated parts of her cookbook)., Detroit, MI,
Liz Alpern, Profile, Cofounder of Queer Soup Night and The Gefelteria, chef, and cookbook author, Brooklyn, NY,
Marissa Keenan, Ice Cream Innovators Q&A, Sweet Peaks , Whitefish, MT,
Martha Hoover, Activists & Changemakers Q&A, Founder of Patachou, Inc., Indianapolis, IN,
Maryam Ahmed, Activists & Changemakers Q&A, Director of Public Programs at Culinary Institute of America at Copia, Napa, CA,
Maya-Camille Broussard, Bakers Give Back Q&A, Justice of the Pies, Chicago, IL,
Merrill Stubbs, Work Wives Q&A, Former food writer, author (The Essential NY Times Cookbook), cofounder of Food52, New York, NY,
Mimi Mendoza, Recipe, Pastry chef at Senia, Hawaii,
Minara Begum, Profile, Cofounder of Bandhu Gardens, Detroit, MI,
Mutsuko Soma, Aficionada, Head chef and owner of Kamonegi, soba maker, certified sake sommelier, Seattle, WA,
Natasha Case, Ice Cream Innovators Q&A, Coolhaus, Los Angeles, CA,
Nicole Ponseca, Recipe, Author of I am Filipino, founder of restaurants Jeepney and Maharlika, New York, NY,
Niki Nakayama, Aficionada, Award-winning chef, restaurateur (n/naka), was featured on Chef's Table, Los Angeles, CA,
Nite Yun, Recipe, Head chef and owner of Nyum Bai, Oakland, CA,
Osayi Endolyn, Essay, James Beard Award winning writer and journalist, Gainesville, FL,
Polina Chesnakova, Essay, Blogger (Chesnok), Seattle, WA,
Preeti Mistry, Contributor Q&A, Chef, author, speaker, former owner of Juhu Beach Club and Navi, Oakland, CA ,
Priya Krishna, Recipe, Writer and editor (Bon Appetit, The NY Times, The New Yorker), Brooklyn, NY,
Rachel Khong, Essay, Writer, founder of The Ruby, and author (Goodbye Vitamin), San Francisco, CA,
Reem Assil, Contributor Q&A, Chef, community organizer, owner of Dyafa and Reem's Bakery, Oakland, CA,
Renee Erickson, Kitchen Portrait, Chef, restaurateur, author of "A Boat, A Whale, and a Walrus," JB award Best chef Northwest 2016, Seattle, WA,
Robyn Sue Fisher, Miscellaneous, Founder and owner of Smitten Ice Cream, San Francisco, CA,
Rohani Foulkes, Work Wives Q&A, Cofounder of The Farmer's Hand, gourmet grocery/cafe and FOLK, Detroit, MI,
Rose Previte, Contributor Q&A, Chef and owner of Maydan and Compass Rose, Washington, D.C.,
Rosio Sanchez, Profile, Chef and owner of Hija de Sanchez and Sanchez, Copenhagen, Denmark,
Roz Edison, Food Truckers Q&A, Marination, Seattle, WA,
Ruth Reichl, Miscellaneous, Food journalist and writer, New York,
Sadia Badiei, Veggie Visionaries Q&A, Vegan cook and dietician with over 1 million YouTube followers, blogger (Pick Up Limes) , The Netherlands,
Sam Klimaszewski, Food Truckers Q&A, Lumpia City, Milwaukee, WI,
Sara Forte, Recipe, Blogger (Sprouted Kitchen) and author (The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods, The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon), LA/Southern CA,
Shakirah Simley, Activists & Changemakers Q&A, Writer, community organizer, cofounder of Nourish | Resist, San Francisco, CA,
Siska Silitonga Marcus, Food Truckers Q&A, Chilicali, Bay Area, CA,
Tanya Holland, Kitchen Portrait, Head chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen, author, Oakland, CA,
Yewande Komolafe, Memorable Meal, Chef, writer, recipe developer, New York,
Zoe Schor, Contributor Q&A, Owner and executive chef at Split Rail, Chicago, IL,
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