Celebrating Revolutionary Women in Food


In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating females who have revolutionized the way we eat and think about food.

Where would American cooking be without the late, gregarious Julia Child? In 1999, the famed chef and co-author of the iconic Mastering the Art of French Cooking visited the Hollandia Produce, L.P. facilities to see how its Live Gourmet® brand Living Butter Lettuce was grown. Though the jolly food enthusiast may be best known for her adoption of French cuisine such as her infamously rich Beef Bourguignon, Child also was a proponent of eating

Julia Childs with Hollandia Produce, L.P. Founder Art Overgaag.
Julia Childs with Hollandia Produce, L.P. Founder Art Overgaag.

seasonally and locally-sourced produce. She once said: “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces—just good food from fresh ingredients.” Up until her death in 2004, Child lived in Montecito where she was a supporter of the area’s culinary and produce scene. In remembrance of Child, try her Casserole Roasted Chicken with Garlic, Lemon and Watercress Salad.

Like her culinary predecessor, Alice Waters, founder of the eminent farm-to-table establishment Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA, is devoted to using fresh, local food in addition to advocating sustainable agriculture and the organic food movement. A forward-thinker, the James Beard-awarded chef has educated a generation of food lovers and even founded gardening programs in public schools that instill, “the knowledge and values we need to build a humane and sustainable future.” In the spirit of Waters’ locavore-driven fare, prepare her Watercress and Sorrel Soup.

Chez Panisse owner and chef Alice Waters
Alice Waters (http://www.chezpanisse.com/)

There are countless women who have contributed to make what our vibrant food culture is today. Many of these individuals can be found right in our own home—our mothers and grandmothers. Every day, these women nourish our bellies while trying to satisfy our taste buds—albeit some succeed in this category more than others! Laud these unsung heroes of the kitchen this month by preparing a dish in their honor. Check out Live Gourmet’s recipe section for nutritious ideas that the whole family will love.