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3 Female Craft Brewers to Watch

Women may be better tasters, but until very recently, they were nearly absent at the upper echelons of craft brewing—the place where palates might matter the most. Now that women are drinking more beer, though, they're also making more beer, and grabbing high-profile spots that enable them to lend their own nuanced spin in a still male-dominated trade. More

Videos: 'Target Women' on Fairytale-Themed Food Commercials

"So ladies, just relax; someday your prince is gonna come and he's gonna bring a fun product and when he does you'll live happily ever after!" —Sarah Haskins What products is Sarah Haskins of Target Women talking about? Oh, you know—cream cheese, frozen rolls, milk. The things women love! Or the things advertisers want women to love. Same difference. Watch the video after the jump.... More

Serious Grape: Women and Wine

On Fridays, Deb Harkness of Good Wine Under $20 drops by with Serious Grape. Photograph from rolands.lakis on Flickr An international study of more than 4,300 wine-drinking women has revealed the following: Women buy wine because they like how it tastes and it goes well with food. Shocking, isn't it? Apparently the wine pundits thought we bought wine because it was fashionable and good for our health. Instead, they discovered that in the United Kingdom women buy eight out of ten bottles of wine purchased—and what they care about is taste and price. Robert Beynat, a spokesman for the world's largest wine exhibition and one of the partners involved in the research, VinExpo, commented as following on the study's results:... More

'Where Are the Women?': On the Scarcity of Female Chefs

Gourmet Magazine's Laura Shapiro picked a strange time to bemoan the scarcity of female chefs. In yesterday's article "Where Are the Women," she writes, "I’m thinking in particular of a question that always bothers me when I read stories about chefs winning awards, chefs opening spectacular new restaurants, chefs starring in yet another new TV series—congratulations, but why are all of you male? Where are the women?" After the jump, why she's wrong—Top Chef spoiler alert!... More

Pill That Kills Your Appetite... And Boosts Your Libido

I can't decide whether this news from the BBC is great or terrifying, so maybe it's both: Scottish researchers are developing a pill to boost women's libidos while simultaneously reducing their appetites. As a psychologist points out in the article, a lot of the time our problems with both food and sex are not biological but mental—taking a pill that makes you want to eat a third less might make you lose weight, but it doesn't help you address why you felt you needed to eat all that extra food. It might be an easy diet, but it'll still end up a yo-yo diet. (Also, if it does turn out to work, I'm sure there are many women who'd legitimately... More

Do Men Get Better Service At Restaurants?

Do men get better service than women at restaurants? asks Cynthia Kilian of the New York Post. Tim Zagat of the eponymous guidebooks says yes: "Women arriving together very often get shown to less-desirable seats. Men always seem to be offered the bill, regardless of who's paying, even the female boss. And when it comes to tasting wine, "very often they'll give it to almost every man at the table before they get around to [the woman] ordering the wine," Zagat says." Is the poor service because women tend to tip less than men do? Or do women tip less because they don't get treated as well? All I know is, shoddy service means I'll never go back—and I'll tell... More

Ice Cream As Fertility Aid?

"Ben & Jerry might help you get pregnant, but not in the usual way. A diet rich in ice cream and other high-fat dairy foods may lower the risk of one type of infertility, a study suggests. It sounds too good to be true and probably is, some doctors say. But the findings are bound to get attention because they are from the well-known Nurses Health Study at the Harvard School of Public Health and were published Wednesday in the European journal Human Reproduction."... More

Gender And Molecular Gastronomy

Laura Shapiro on gender and molecular gastronomy in the New York Times, Kitchen Chemistry Is Chic, but Is It a Woman’s Place?: Maybe all the machines and chemicals are contributing to a revolution other than the one about frozen air and warm gelatin. “Restaurant kitchens were organized like military brigades, because that was the only way to turn out such a volume of work and make all the fast decisions that were necessary,” said Mr. Goldfarb of Room 4 Dessert. “Now it’s more like the modern military, using technology as opposed to brute strength.”But many women dreaming of a restaurant career still may not see the appeal of a laboratory kitchen. Ms. Yung and Ms. Sanchez have been struck by... More

Asian Women Food Bloggers, Represent!

Santos of the Scent of Green Bananas is putting together a list of Asian women who've got food blogs—the number is at 328 and counting! Our Alaina Browne made the graph you see above to better visually represent which countries the bloggers are in—you can see a larger version to make better sense of it. So far the US has almost a third of all bloggers listed; the other countries that round out the top five are Singapore, Japan, Australia and the Philippines.... More

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