The author of “The Cookbook Collector” doesn’t cook, and the chef-cum-cookbook writer both reads and is an avid collector of cookbooks. We found this out early in the “Eat, Write, Love” session at London’s Jewish Book Week featuring novelist Allegra Goodman and chef, writer and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi. Powerfully chaired by novelist Charlotte Mendelson the session, once her peers had finished professing enjoyment of Goodman’s novel, moved from plot to obsession and some fascinating personal notes on the parallel need for physical, not virtual, food and books.
Last month, The Sisterhood’s Elissa Strauss wrote post called “In Magazine Journalism, It’s Nowhere Near the End of Men,” using her own survey of magazines to show that male bylines still win out in terms of sheer numbers. And now there’s some serious research to back up her personal accounting. These numbers from VIDA, an organization that promotes women in literary arts, show that in essentially every single literary magazine, book review section or literarily inclined magazine, male bylines considerably trump female ones, as do reviews of books by men.
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