This woman began her legendary career as a food writer in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary, her first cookbook. The following year, she moved from New York to Berkeley, California, where she lived in a commune, became co-owner and cook at the Swallow restaurant, and contributed to the area’s burgeoning culinary revolution. In 1978,she became a restaurant critic, eventually contributing to the LA Times and The NY Times.

  1. Mimi Sheraton

  2. Ruth Reichl

  3. Irene Virbila

The answer is Ruth Reichl. She was Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine from 1999 to 2009. Before that she was the restaurant critic of both The New York Times (1993-1999) and the Los Angeles Times (1984-1993), where she was also named food editor.