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Ina Yalof has been writing books and articles about such diverse subjects as medicine, science, religion, and happiness for more than thirty years. Her books include the widely acclaimed oral history Life and Death: The Story of a HospitalWhat It Means to Be JewishHow I Write (coauthored with Janet Evanovich), and What Happy Women Know.  In her latest book Food and the City: New York’s Professional Chefs, Restaurateurs, Line Cooks, Street Vendors, and Purveyors Talk About What They Do and Why They Do It (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) Yalof takes readers on an unprecedented behind-the-scenes tour of New York City’s dynamic food culture, as told through the voices of the chefs, line cooks, restaurateurs, waiters, and street vendors who have made this industry their lives. From old-schoolers, such as the outspoken Upper West Side butcher “Schatzie,” to new kids, including Patrick Collins, sous chef at The Dutch, Food and the City is a fascinating oral history with an unforgettable gallery of New Yorkers who embody the heart of a culinary metropolis.