The Female Chef: Three recipes from women redefining the British food scene

Jaime E. Love

From celebrating the world’s rarest foods to a culinary cruise across South America one bottle of wine a time, this year’s Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards showcased an extraordinary devotion to the industry’s personalities, stories and culture.

In an industry typically dominated by men, it was encouraging to see a book profiling 31 women at the forefront of modern British food, and the experiences that got them there, win the Debut Food Book award.

A glance at the current list of British Michelin-starred chefs – and, indeed, the list of winners at the Food and Drink Awards – will tell you the food scene’s historic gender imbalance is far from solved. That’s where The Female Chef, by food writer Clare Finney, who has contributed to The Independent, and food stylist Liz Seabrook, steps in.

Bringing together insightful interviews with some of the country’s pioneering women

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