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Last month, we devoted an entire hour to the challenges of keeping a restaurant open and thriving in Los Angeles. Ari Taymor, the wunderkind behind Alma restaurant, recently wrote a piece that took a long, hard look at the industry’s impact on chefs. Taymor clues us into why he gracefully turned down an opportunity many chefs would kill for.
Spicy Crab with Watermelon Juice at Hip Hot (Photo by Monika Scott)
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We talked to Sean Sherman last fall about his efforts to bring back the indigenous cuisine of the Dakota and Minnesota territories. The Sioux Chef shares an update on plans for a future brick-and-mortar restaurant and his cookbook in the works, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.”
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