All men wanted to do was come home to their mother's or their wife's home cooking, so why the hell was it so hard for them to accept us as chefs?
The love for ourselves is already there. It doesn't need to be created. It's getting clouded over by behavioral patterns, beliefs and images from the media. I think we all naturally want to be at peace. We just need to look and see what's getting in our way.
On February 26, the James Beard Foundation headed to Vermilion restaurant to judge the Women in Culinary Leadership Cookoff.
Fingers crossed, we should all still be around after the Mayan Calendar fades to black on Dec. 21. Still, it wouldn't hurt to have a few good books nearby -- you know, just in case.
Last we spoke, Roth and I were discussing her book, Lost and Found. That was more than a year ago. Then, last week, there she was, having a heart-to-heart discussion with a group of binge eaters on The Dr. Oz Show.
During this process I was sure I was being gender-sensitive, trying to focus public attention to issues that the media too often overlooks, and that the food business is frequently too busy and unconcerned to tackle. Little did I know what I was getting into!
Cooking has become an all-consuming lover and I can't separate from it now -- no matter how exhausted I'm beginning to feel.
Just because we live in an insane culture doesn't mean we have to be insane, too. Be the one who doesn't do it and see what happens. Someone has to be the one who says, 'I'm not going to do it this way. I deserve more.'"
The only thing that would make 40 palatable was a new challenge. My best friend, Lisa, opted for a young boyfriend, but my husband would never approve.
Here at HuffPost Women, we think that real eating should be celebrated and documented, because, let's face it -- women look pretty awesome enjoying food. We started by gathering photos of some of HuffPost's editorial staff doing just that, but we want to see yours!
Gabrielle Hamilton was asked to be on a panel at the Culinary Institute of America, titled "Where Are the Women?" It's the same panel hosted in virtually every industry where more than half of the top jobs are held by men.
Photos like these present the idea of work as a kind of fashion accessory for these women, an occasion for dressing up. Sexy babes meet The Village People.
If you're afraid that Oprah's mindful-eating coach, Geneen Roth, has moved on since "The Oprah Show" came to an end, rest assured. The best-selling anti-diet book writer who inspired Oprah to stop dieting is not abandoning food issues for money problems as some fans fear.
I will never forget the women of Chitehwe, a village in Mozambique I visited with Oxfam. It's a quiet revolution you won't hear much about in the media, but there is little doubt they are taking their destiny into their own hands.
When I crossed into my 50s, my body started demanding an entirely new regimen. We're not talking preferences but essentials.
I won't go on about internal shifts, but I have come to realize that's it's best to get out of your own way -- which I'll do right now. Take note of some of the great discoveries that came my way in 2010.