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Helping the Hand that Feeds

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“People who make a living by cooking and serving our food deserve to be treated like skilled professionals, not slaves,” says Saru Jayaraman, 38, founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROCU), a nonprofit organization committed to improving the wage and working conditions of restaurant workers. Her book, Behind the Kitchen Door, published in February 2013, chronicles years of research and interviews with hundreds of restaurant workers, and is attracting national media attention.

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