Figures in Food: Gourmet Live's 50 Women Game-Changers

Figures in Food: Gourmet Live's 50 Women Game-Changers

Anjali Prasertong
May 27, 2011

Have you seen Gourmet Live's list of 50 Women Game-Changers? While they've singled out some of our favorite women in food both past and present, we're a little surprised by who made the list — and even more by who didn't.

And don't worry, Julia Child is number one. But Julie Powell made it into the top 50 too.

To us, the list seems tipped a bit too far in favor of modern food figures on television (Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, Cat Cora) and the web (Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate & Zucchini, Pim Techamuanvivit of Chez Pim). Don't get us wrong; television chefs and food bloggers have undoubtedly been influential over the last decade, but it doesn't feel quite right to hail them as "the most important women in food" when true game-changers like Marion Cunningham, Deborah Madison and Molly O'Neill are nowhere to be found.

Still, we were pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of some personal favorites, like food writer Betty Fussell, Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian (the women behind the Edible magazines), and Japanese food expert Elizabeth Andoh. But as a definitive list, we're not so sure how this stacks up.

See the full list: 50 Women Game-Changers

Who would you include or exclude from this list?

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(Images: Amazon; Rachael Ray; Ree Drummond)

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