Stephanie Rafanelli

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Currently based in Los Angeles, where she is writing a novel, the prolific documentary-maker and journalist has explored subjects from wildlife and footballers to lipstick, for media from PBS and Discovery to Condé Nast Traveler and Elle. For Beyond, she explores why salt is now worth its weight in gold to chefs, beauty therapists and barmen. The topic, she says, has had her hooked. “Who knew that people used to be paid in blocks of salt,” she says, “or that it was sprinkled on stage in Japan to ward off evil spirits?”