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In this moving, personal account, chef and activist Gaby Melian shares her journey with food and how creating a relationship with food—however simple or complicated—is a form of activism in its own right.
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“Food rescued me so many other times—not only because I sold food to survive. I cook to entertain; I cook to be liked; I cook to be loved.” In this installment, chef and activist Gaby Melian shares her personal journey with food—from growing up in Argentina to her time as a Jersey City street vendor and later, as Bon Appetit’s test kitchen manager. Powerful and full of heart, here, Melian explores how we can develop a relationship with food that’s healthy, sustainable, and thoughtful.