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Carla Hall on Being Black in the Culinary World

Her cookbooks don't have to make you comfortable

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Carla Hall has spent much of her career fighting for visibility in the culinary industry, on television (on shows like Top Chef and The Chew) and in publishing. In this animated excerpt from her interview on an episode of the Eater Upsell, Hall recounts the kind of pushback she's faced when trying to bring African and African-American recipes to a wider audience, including questions of approachability that seem to be reserved mostly for Black chefs and writers.

Listen to the full episode below, and read the transcript of just Carla Hall's conversation with Eater Upsell hosts Helen Rosner and Greg Morabito here.

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