In 2011, Gourmet released their list of the 50 Most Important Women in Food. I stumbled on this list entirely by accident. One week a couple of months ago, I was meal planning, and didn’t have access to my Ina Garten cookbooks. So, I googled the recipe I was looking for and found it on a blog that was making it’s way through the list (she’s number 39… I’m a little disgruntled that Rachael Ray is higher up than she is). I was inspired to do the same. I’ve known for a while that I need to challenge myself more in the kitchen. I feel like I’ve gotten to a comfortable place with my cooking, and I need to step out of my comfort zone, and I feel like this will definitely do that for me. As I’ve been planning for this, I’ve been flipping through cookbooks, checking out websites and buying new equipment, and I’m excited. I’m also really looking forward to learning more about these game changing women, and introducing myself to recipes I’ve never cooked before. I feel like I’ve gotten to a comfortable place with my cooking, and I need to step out of my comfort zone, and I feel like this will definitely do that for me.
Some of these weeks will be easy. They’ll feature women I’m familiar with (Ina, the Pioneer Woman, Paula Deen, Rachael Ray, Martha Stewart). Other weeks will be more challenging. Week 10 for example. Week ten features Hannah Glasse & Isabella Beeton. Mrs. Glasse published her cookbook in 1747, and Mrs. Beeton published hers in 1861. Their recipes lack a lot of the modern conveniences that apparently we take for granted, like modern ovens, which means oven temperatures. Their recipes also have… interesting ingredient lists, including things such as whole cow heads & brains. But, regardless of animal parts that make me rethink the whole vegetarian thing, I’m really excited about the challenges that each week will bring.
(And since this entire year long project will be all recipes I’ve never made before, I can’t promise that everything will turn out the way I want it to. But whether a dish is a winner or an epic fail, I’m going to be completely honest about it.)
My only issue with the list (besides Ina being #39…) is that they stopped at 50 (even though there are really 56-58 women on this list). So, in order to do one post every week for 2015, I’ve added two names to it. Week 51 will feature Giada DeLaurentis, and week 52 will feature Marion Cunningham. So, starting next Friday, and continuing every Friday for all of 2015, you’ll get a new (to me) recipe from one of these game changing women.