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Andie Mitchell is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, It Was Me All Along, which shares her heartbreaking and inspiring journey to lose 135 pounds and find balance with food, weight, and body image. Today, she is a health and wellness writer, weekly contributor to Yahoo Health, speaker, and recipe developer who has been a guest on Good Morning America and Dr. Oz and many other outlets. Her second book, Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook, will be published March 29, 2016.

Chef Yana Gilbuena has been on a mission to “spread the Gospel of Filipino food. Through her SALO Project, she has traveled across America and done a Filipino pop­up dinner in each state. Salo, explains Yana, means to gather, but it may also mean to catch when the accent is placed on the second syllable. Her dining series is a meaningful recognition of the finer points of Filipino food and culture, but deeper than this, it highlights the best thing about Philippine dining, which is bringing people together at the table for a hearty good time.

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“I think it’s the influence of the other people that have traded with us or colonized us. We have a lot of influences of Chinese, Malaysian, Arabic, Spanish, and American. We are the original fusion!” [37:30]

–Yana Gilbuena on Radio Cherry Bombe