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Cooking Up A Life In Food: "Burn The Place"

Iliana Regan's approach includes foraging.

Iliana Regan figured out her love for food early.  What to do with it was another issue. 

She got her first job in a professional kitchen at age 15, worked in other restaurants while she learned cooking, and finally ran her own kitchen.  Meanwhile, she had to navigate sexuality and repression, alcoholism and kitchen macho. 

Regan is now recognized for her innovative work in her own restaurant, and writes about the pathway to it in Burn the Place.The author visits to talk about her odyssey.   

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