There’s that old patriarchal saying that “a woman’s place is in the kitchen,” but in an industry dominated by men, it’s actually a lot harder to “get in the kitchen.” Just last year the Department for Labor Statistics showed that only 19.7 percent of restaurant kitchens are run by women. Things are changing, but it’s a cultural shift – kitchens have been notoriously unfriendly places for women between sexual harassment, long work hours, and lack of parental leave.
A cookbook might seem like an odd choice for summer reading, but nowadays chefs are including more narrative next to recipes and sumptuous photos of mouthwatering food. You’ll find funny restaurant anecdotes, culinary manifestoes, personal histories and more in between the covers of the cookbooks below. Bonus: all are from the Pacific Northwest, so you might consider one of these titles for your local author square if you’ve already got cookbooks covered.