Your great-grandfather spearheaded the revival of the Hebrew language. Your parents helped found Israeli public radio. You could have done anything. Why did you choose food? Of all the senses, food seems most connected to memory. For me it is connected to my grandmother. She was a very dramatic Yemeni personality, and she loved me. I was the smallest in the family. But she wouldn't let me into the kitchen. She thought that men in the kitchen bring only two things: dirt and bad luck. She gave me no recipes, no lessons. But the day she died, I started cooking. Even now, I remember. I was making a soup recently, and I remembered that she always added two grated carrots at the end for sweetness. Tears came into my eyes. When I cook, I am with her.


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