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Raised in a very Italian neighborhood. I was always surrounded by food and eating. I grew up in Brooklyn where on every street corner were freshly made breads, cheeses, wines and much more. My Grandparents were accidental vegetarians. They ate mostly fresh green vegetables, pasta, beans and cheese. I always disliked 'traditional' American cooking and always worked to get myself back to the natural place I was fed from in my very early life. I love Mario Batali because he is on the same quest...except for the meat. I am a vegetarian close to Vegan! I am also a singer, actress, director, make up artist and hairstylist.