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Gatekeeping in Food Writing and the Food World

By Brooklyn Book Festival

Most recently, revelations at Bon Appetit magazine have made evident the role that gatekeeping plays in the food and food media worlds in terms of preventing women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized communities from getting a seat at the table. This panel will explore this dynamic of exclusion, as well as how members of marginalized communities have been able to break through by both playing by the rules and breaking them. Panelists will include writers such as Victoria James ( Wine Girl: The Humiliations, Obstacles, and Triumphs of America’s Youngest Sommelier ), John Birdsall ( The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard ), and Jessica Harris ( My Soul Looks Back ) whose works have focused on breaking into exclusive worlds and the barriers to doing so. Moderated by Priya Krishna , author of Indian-ish .

Participating authors

Victoria James

Eric Wolfinger

John Birdsall

Edlyn D'Souza

Priya Krishna

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Rockstars all.
Birdsall’s writing I follow after friends turned me on to his stuff. Indian-ish we own a virtual copy of. It’s more than time for these folks and others to reach a wider audience.

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Great read.

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Birdsall’s sentences have rhythm, too, and compress time and place so that a meal becomes a history, from oysters “hauled down from shoals above the terrifyingly wide mouth of the Columbia and fried in an abundance of butter” to dinner at night near Les Halles in the 1920s, then the meatpacking district of Paris, “where butchermen in bloody smocks demolished plates of tripe and calf’s brains, washing away thirst and the reek of carnage with entire bottles of cool, violet-scented Beaujolais.”

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Thanks for this post @zippo1. Knew there was a book coming out about JB, but this reminded me to download a digital copy. Looking forward to reading about his life.

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