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Cara is an independent journalist, researcher, and professor. She has experience in business reporting, multimedia production, editorial planning and project management, food history reseach, and web publishing. She is the author of In the Small Kitchen (William Morrow, May 2011) and the founder of Big Girls, Small Kitchen. A graduate of Harvard College with a degree in literature, she holds a master of arts in business journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (now called Newmark). She is a contributing writer for Crain's New York and a research fellow for Center for an Urban Future. In addition, she teaches about New York City's economy at Newmark and about reporting and journalism ethics at Lehman College.