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The Invisible Work that Makes Hollywood Hum

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A woman with her hair tied up in a bun, preps pizza dough in her hands in a commercial kitchen.
Hollywood food stylist, Melissa McSorley, preps pizza dough in her work kitchen on the set of the Hulu television series 'Good Trouble.' (Lisa Morehouse/KQED)

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