Originally a West Coaster, I grew up a pint-sized vegetarian in Oregon. I was often at my mother heels in the kitchen, at the market, or tagging along to her cooking demonstrations. If I wasn't there, I was in the garden with my father, peaking under the dirt to see if the carrots were ready or stealing pea pods from the vine.
Curing college, I studied history and politics, writing my thesis on the struggle for equality in South Africa. One week after graduation, I left for New York...
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