Voices: Toops' Scoops

A Legacy of Listening: A final scoop on our late Diane Toops

A year ago, the food industry lost one of its fiercest advocates and fondest pundits — Diane Toops. Although her voice is now silent, her legacy perseveres through her writing and the memories of the many people she touched during her tenure in the industry.

By Kitty Kevin, Contributor

Toops, like Julia Child (a woman she greatly admired), came to her food industry career quite by happenstance and later in life. Unlike Julia, Di found herself a middle-aged widow with a teenaged son, in urgent need of employment. After a brief foray into the hotel industry, Di landed a job in the circulation department of Putman Publishing in Chicago.

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