223 | Dana Cowin on Ugly Food, Evolution of Food Culture, Career Transitions, Power of Story, Female Friendships, and more! - Katie Dalebout

223 | Dana Cowin on Ugly Food, Evolution of Food Culture, Career Transitions, Power of Story, Female Friendships, and more!

There are few people I love following on social media as much today’s guest. Dana Cowin’s enthusiasm for food, career, and life as a whole are a delight.  As editor in chief of Food & Wine Magazine for 21 years, a judge on Top Chef, a cookbook author, the host of the podcast Speaking Broadly, a chief creative officer at Dig Inn, just to name a few–on paper she’s clearly extremely accomplished. In person however, she far exceeded her impressive resume she was present, welcoming, inspirational, wise, and warm when I visited her Manhattan apartment to record. Dana made us tea, gushed about her best friend Cheryl, and made sure I had a cozy pillow to sit on before diving into the interview. She was not only easy to talk to but allowed the conversation to organically meander wherever I  led us. We chatted about female friendship, the evolution of food culture and her role in that, food culture and trends now, what a day in the life of a editor in chief is actually like, career transitions (Dana was EIC for 21 years before leaving in 2017), the power of story and her new love of podcasting, food as pleasure and connection, her advice to mentors and mentees, and so much more. I loved everything about Dana and it was a delight to have her on the podcast.