One County, One Book
The women featured in Taste Makers were pioneers in restaurant ownership, radio, television and publishing. They came from China, Mexico, France, Italy, India, Iran and the Caribbean. They were dreamers, revolutionaries and marginalized by ethnicity, gender and language. One was blind, one was a giant of a woman at 6’2” and another part of a diaspora fleeing political upheaval. Publishers shunned them, apprehensive about reader disinterest in foreign flavors, and worse, foreign influences. These Taste Makers were not only influencers and revolutionaries in the food world, but also pioneers for women entering the hallowed halls of male-dominated professional kitchens. A few men bucked that tradition, including Craig Claiborne and James Beard, who wrote in newspaper columns and books about these women. Their support encouraged others to follow.
Major sponsors of the event include Premier America Credit Union, Ventura Community College District, the Ventura County Star and Conejo Valley Lifestyle. Major support has been provided by CSUCI and the County Library system. Following the interview, Sen will sign copies of his book, available for purchase. OCOBTastemakers.eventbrite.com.