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Beloved Food Writer Andy Baraghani Wants the QR Code Menu to Go Away

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All photography by Sinna Nasseri. All images courtesy of Andy Baraghani.

Andy Baraghani is hungry for food that brings people together. The celebrity chef and former Bon Appetit editor has been immersed in the culinary world since he was a teenager, when he spent long afternoons peeling onions as an intern at Chez Panisse. Since then, he has worked at Estela in New York, developed recipes for top food magazines, and refined his distinctive approach as a roving chef. Last year, Baraghani published his first book, The Cook You Want to Be, which draws on his Persian heritage and colorful career to offer home cooks a bevy of surprising recipes. The book was recently nominated for a 2023 James Beard Foundation Book Award. Ahead of the ceremony, Baraghani tells CULTURED about a newfound family heirloom, the best soundtrack for making strawberry shortcake, and the travel guide he is about to release.

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