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Women in the Kitchen

Today, Gourmet wonders why so few women chefs have achieved prominent status, citing the Bay Area as the only American arena where they have truly flourished: "It’s also the nation’s gender-liberation capital, where the notion of second-class citizenship for women hasn’t gotten a whole lot of play for well over a century. And then there’s the Chez Panisse factor. Alice Waters has always encouraged talented female cooks to train at her restaurant, many of whom have gone on to open their own local places—and in turn train more women." [Gourmet]

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