Welcome to this summer retrospective series. One of my favorite things about this podcast is that it’s truly a community of guests and listeners, where you often connect with each other, apart from me. When guests share so deeply and vulnerably with us, the listeners, I think it’s important to stay in touch and continue to conversation, as much as possible. In this spirit, I reached out to a few guests for follow-up interviews this summer. These interviews are each 30 minutes or less and totally un-edited so you’re getting the raw thoughts of both myself and my guests.
First in this series, I’m thrilled to welcome Anela Malik, guest of Ep. 024 Food is Political (But What Does That Mean?). I thought of Anela for this series because she’s gone through an absolutely seismic shift of career since our interview. After Feed The Malik went viral last June, Anela was faced with an avalanche of new decisions, opportunities, and challenges. Listen in as Anela explains how she navigated these changes, why she chose to leave a prestigious career as a US diplomat - the career she worked all the way through graduate school for - and the surprising thing that was most difficult about all the changes.
Also, although Anela continues to advocate for the marginalized, especially the black community, through the avenue of food in a full-time position, she’s changed her view of her work and we get into her updated viewpoints, specifically realities she had to accept when going full-time and choices she made to better support the community through her much larger platform
Finally, Anela shares about the book National Geographic has selected HER to write! We discuss both her goal and her process for this book, which I CANNOT wait to read when it's released.
Highlights of Ep. 077
- Going viral - how it affected the view of her work
- Going viral - the hardest adjustment
- Why she chose to leave a career as a diplomat
- The choices and compromises she’s needed to make
- Goals for her book
- Anela’s writing process
Listen to Anela Now
Anela’s Original Episode on The Storied Recipe Podcast
Anela's Storied Recipe: Maximalist Mushroom Toast
More Episodes Featuring Black Americans
- 122 What Makes You Feel Rich? A Conversation with Alicia Akins, Author of Invitations to Abundance
- 097 Curing Land & Restoring Tradition with Afia Amoako, The Canadian Vegan
- 084 Jamaican Chicken Soup with Ashley and Her Mother Precious
- 081 Soul Food, The White House, and Icebox Pie with Adrian Miller, the Soul Food Scholar
More Easy Recipes
How to Find Anela Malik
Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/feedthemalik/
Podcast: Fix Your Plate