Immigrant female culinary influencers, preserving, tablescaping

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Setting the table is more than a chore in “Set!” — a new documentary by Scott Gawlik. Photo by Jon Salmon.

The landscape of food media is diverse, and until recently the female voice has been faint and overshadowed by male counterparts. Writer and professor Mayukh Sen researches and reports on seven immigrant women who revolutionized how modern America cooks and eats. Yotam Ottenghi and test kitchen chef Noor Murad reach into the pantry, freezer, and fridge and have created recipes for forgotten ingredients. Master preserver Delilah Snell has tips on preserving this holiday season that go beyond canning. Filmmaker Scott Gawlik dives into the strange and wonderful world of table setting competition. Persimmons are plentiful at the farmer’s market. Finally, Arturo Enciso and Ana Salatino took their backyard baking project to greater heights, making kouign amann with masa and perfecting their concha for this week’s “In the Weeds.”



Evan Kleiman