How to master that knack for simple yet revelatory cooking

Crushed orange and rosemary braised lamb from "The cook you want to be," by Andy Baraghani.

Braised lamb with rosemary and mashed orange from “The Cook You Want to Be” by Andy Baraghani.

(Graydon Herriott)

Instinctive cooking is often cited as the secret to becoming a great home cook, but not everyone is born with cooking intuition. However, it can be taught, and there is no better teacher than Andy Baraghani. I’ve been friends with Baraghani for over 10 years now and he’s one of the few people I know who cooks with whom I would eat without question – and that’s because he has a great knack for cooking just know How to create simple but delicious dishes.

In his first cookbook, titled “The Cook You Want To Be,” video star and Gulf native, former culinary editor Bon Appétit not only shows readers how he cooks – with his vivid chic photos of his colorful, mouthwatering dishes – but also how they can hone that instinct for themselves in their own everyday cooking.

Book jacket for "The cook you want to be," by Andy Baraghani.

The jacket book for “The Cook You Want to Be,” by Andy Baraghani.

(Graydon Herriot)

In a crunchy salad of sliced ​​dill, he walks you through the substitutes so that if you don’t have one of the essential ingredients he ordered, you’re sure to have several. will bring out the salty, fatty, spicy flavor he demands. make the dill turn on. And in a fresh lamb shoulder, a bath of chili peppers, rosemary, orange zest and wine will help imbue the meat with rich flavors, softened by a tangy yogurt flavored with lemon, raisins and pistachios.

Influenced by his work at Chez Panisse and top restaurants in New York, as well as his own Persian heritage, Baraghani’s cooking is simple, rich, and engaging, and he shows it off. the ingenuity of using spices and herbs to bring simple vegetables or meats to life in a way many other chefs fail to do. And while all of that sounds scary, don’t worry. He gives you all the same skills he’s learned over the years so you can craft vibrant and lush dishes just like him.

Get recipes:

Time30 minutes

yieldsServer 4

Time5 hours 30 minutes

yieldsServe 8

https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2022-05-26/learning-bold-flavors-and-new-skills-with-andy-baraghani How to master that knack for simple yet revelatory cooking

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