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14 Stories About the Strongest Women We Know

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Today is International Woman’s Day, and the food industry, like most others, is rife with various -isms that can make it especially difficult for women to succeed. As a female-founded media company, we’re committed to covering the stories of women who’ve succeeded in the culinary world, past and present.

For some of these women, history has been unkind to their memory—only now is the world re-discovering what they gave us. Others are highly-visible, with names you’ve probably heard, yet their stories, too, are more textured than often recounted.

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In the coming years, we’ll continue working to tell these stories. There are still so many waiting to be heard. But here are some.

Meet the Woman Who Gave Michael Pollan His "Eat Food" Line

Meet the Woman Who Gave Michael Pollan His "Eat Food" Line by Caroline Lange

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What's Behind the Padma Lakshmi We Think We Know?

What's Behind the Padma Lakshmi We Think We Know? by Mayukh Sen

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She Was a Soul Food Sensation. Then, 19 Years Ago, She Disappeared.
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She Was a Soul Food Sensation. Then, 19 Years Ago, She Disappeared.
Meera Sodha Wants to Change the Way You Think About Indian Food
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Meera Sodha Wants to Change the Way You Think About Indian Food
A Memoir of Sex and Soup That Reclaims Nigerian Food—on Its Own Terms

A Memoir of Sex and Soup That Reclaims Nigerian Food—on I... by Mayukh Sen

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13 Women Who Have Influenced Our Lives as Cooks and Eaters

13 Women Who Have Influenced Our Lives as Cooks and Eaters by Food52

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Freda DeKnight Was a Pioneer for African-American Cooking
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Freda DeKnight Was a Pioneer for African-American Cooking
The Untold Stories of the White House Kitchen Cabinet
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The Untold Stories of the White House Kitchen Cabinet
Remembering Veronica Steele, the Mother of Irish Farmhouse Cheese

Remembering Veronica Steele, the Mother of Irish Farmhous... by Mayukh Sen

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Looking for My Mother in Lidia Bastianich's Holiday Special

Looking for My Mother in Lidia Bastianich's Holiday Special by Mayukh Sen

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Diana Henry Owns 4,000 Cookbooks But Can't Stop Buying (& Writing) More
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Diana Henry Owns 4,000 Cookbooks But Can't Stop Buying (& Writing) More
Rachel Roddy Went to Rome with Nothing, Came Away with a Cookbook Deal

Rachel Roddy Went to Rome with Nothing, Came Away with a ... by The Curious Pear

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What’s Next for the Inventor of the Miracle Mop?

What’s Next for the Inventor of the Miracle Mop? by Mayukh Sen

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Madhur Jaffrey Was an Actress First—She Still Is
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Madhur Jaffrey Was an Actress First—She Still Is

Who are some women who've inspired you as cooks? Let us know in the comments.

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