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At the heart of Speaking Broadly is the generosity of women and awe of the whole human experience, bringing together in one place everything from heartbreak and humor to recipes and empowerment.

In my role as the Editor in Chief of Food & Wine magazine (1994-2016), I celebrated life through the lens of exuberant eating, drinking, traveling. After I left F&W, I transitioned from a world I knew well (traditional media) and embarked on a new path. I launched a podcast, Speaking Broadly on Heritage Radio Network, to learn from extraordinary women (and a few male allies) and established a coaching and consulting business in hospitality helping others find their way.

Without planning it, becoming, changing, evolving as a human became as important to me as knowing the best place to eat or new people to champion. On this journey, I have found an entire community of fellow travelers. This zine is for you, for those who like to feed inner lives as well as have fun and fuel dreams of exceptional experiences.

My partner in this project is Creative Director Meagan Bennett who developed the ecstatically original and vibrant visual identity. Meagan considered the essence of every story before translating it into a design that exudes warmth, uplift and pleasure. She also produced postcards to share the love.

Written in late 2019 by people who appeared on the Speaking Broadly podcast, and put on hold because of the pandemic, this zine is a time capsule. In reviewing the content in 2022, I came to believe that the themes—love, loss, personal growth, joy, food—are timeless and still relevant. Check out the contributors: 

@zahra.rae, @chefnininguyen, @cheetieku, @evanfunke, @juliaconey, @berthagonzalezn, @claudetteazepeda, @gabrielacamara, @christinalecki, @ellenmariebennett, @emthepastrychef, @reem.kassis, @mzmariscal, @ms_collycol, @victoria___james, @holly, @erinschrode, @caityiris, @foodieinnewyork, @tgomez805, @taylanzet, @suziequrious, @cherylday, @littletartbakeshop@jasisters, @fanygerson, @drjessicabharris@zoeadjonyoh, @hailethomas, @sofreh_brooklyn, @marthashoover, @carlaphall, @kristenlkish, @priyaparker, @raretealady, @heathermaroldthomason, Dana Frank

The team supporting the work includes many of my past colleagues at Food & Wine as well as friends, new and long-standing. It was such a pleasure to connect over the written word. Special thanks to:

Kate Boyette, Gillian Brassil, Betsy Fox, Wilder Fulford, Kate Heddings, Shaun Hinklein, Cynthia Hochswender, Cheryl Houser, Megan Krigbaum, Amy Larson, Sylvie Palmer, Josh Pugh, Chris Quinlan, Rebecca Tanenbaum, Madison Trapkin, Mary Ellen Ward

Questions? Comments? Thoughts? Recommendations? We'd love to hear from you. Please reach out to us or DM us @speakingbroadly.

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