TIMEGodsofFoodEater associate editor Hillary Dixler has been on the TIME case.

After noticing that no female chefs adorn the international-edition cover of TIME‘s November 18 issue (Chris Christie is on the cover of the U.S. edition), she kept digging and found additionally that it was mostly men (9-to-4) on the “13 Gods of Food” list inside. Dixler followed her initial coverage with a refreshingly frank set of Q&A responses¬†from the responsible editor, Howard Chua-Eoan. He makes no apologies for “The Gods of Food” cover or lack of women on a related chart:

“There was no attempt to exclude women. We just went with the basic realities of what was going on and who was being talked about…”

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