Episode 85
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

What can food media learn from the overdue reckoning at Bon Appetit?

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"It's going to take some time and hopefully followers, fans, and readers will trust us to do right by them. And we hope that we can show that we care and that there are a core team of us who are really trying to dismantle the kind of toxic structures that have been put in place." ‚ÄďJoey Hernandez, Bon Appetit research director

We're stepping away from our normal one-on-one author interviews this month to hold space for deeper conversations around equity and representation in food media and the cookbook industry. Stay tuned as we talk with cookbook authors, food writers, editors, podcast hosts, and the generation of young cooks and food writers.

In today's episode, we're starting by taking a look at the reckoning that's taking place at Bon Appetit and other food media outlets. We're joined by food writer Tammie Teclemariam, Bon Appetit's research director Joey Hernandez, and podcast host Cathy Erway.

Additional Reading and Resources:

  • Bon App√©tit's editor in chief just resigned ‚ÄĒ but staffers of color say there's a 'toxic' culture of microaggressions and exclusion that runs far deeper than one man [Business Insider]
  • ‚Äć Food Media Must Work Harder to Fix Its Racism Problem, by Cathy Erway [Grub Street]
  • Making Our Recipes Better by Joey Hernandez [Bon Appetit]
  • The Bon Appetit test kitchen‚Äôs race problem by Soleil Ho [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Bon App√©tit Editor-in-Chief Resigns Over Brownface Photo, Criticism From POC Staff [Vulture]
  • A White Gatekeeper of Southern Food Faces Calls to Resign [New York Times]
  • Bon App√©tit Editor Adam Rapoport Resigns [New York Times]
  • Cond√© Nast has suspended a Bon App√©tit video editor amid an internal investigation [Business Insider]

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