Welcome to WORD OF MOUTH with Leiti Hsu on HeritageRadioNetwork.org! Leiti, a fixture in NYC dining culture, talks to #peoplewelike guests photographer Melanie Dunea and editor Charlotte Druckman. Melanie, also an author and speaker, photographs some of the most influential people in the world -- Mario Batali, Tony Bourdain, and non-food folks as well. She is joined by sister-in-crime Charlotte Druckman, Senior Editor at Medium.com, a publishing platform created by the founders of Twitter. A recovering food writer, she authored "Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen."

They talk their roadtrip across the South to photograph women for John T. Edge's Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium, entitled: "Women, Work, and Food." Melanie talks about Hurricane Sandy and her NYC subway ad campaign to support the Food Bank for NYC. They also reveal what came up in a rather nontraditional "one-time-only" book club; Melanie and Charlotte gathered most their most successful women friends to brave, together, "Fifty Shades of Grey" and Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In." Finally, the roles and portrayals of chefs in media and social media, then and now. This program has been sponsored by Heritage Foods USA.

"Instead of having to be everything, there will be those chef's really known for working on their craft, and others more interested in personally cultivation." [45:13]

-- Charlotte Druckman on Word of Mouth with Leiti Hsu