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Agela Abdullah is a “reformed” cook and chef who took her first job behind the cheese counter in 2008. She currently handles marketing for an Illinois cheesemaker and serves as a board member for the Cheese Culture Coalition. She lives in Chicago with two cats, two sourdough starters, and an old laptop named Harbison.

Travel Advisory


Di Dove Sei Originaria? As a Black woman navigating a very…homogenized industry, I must be aware that there are many places where my Blackness isn’t appreciated. I’m intentional in my travels, research potential accommodations, and take care of which neighborhoods I visit. I don’t like surprises, and since I often travel alone or am the […]

Cheese for the Culture: We’re Still Here


For my first draft of this column, I started off writing something that I thought would get approved by the editor. I was assertive but was careful to not fall into the “angry Black woman” trope by being too assertive. I told a charming anecdotal story about an incident that happened when I was five. […]

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