Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from The Chef You Want to Be: Everyday Recipes to Impress (Ten Speed Press), who started his culinary career in the kitchen at Chez Panisse and later became a food writer . and recipe developer at Saveur and Bon Appetit. Baragani, an Iranian immigrant who grew up in Berkeley, introduces home cooks to new tastes, tools and techniques that build their skills. The 120 recipes in the book are interspersed with tips, essentials and flashbacks, including this one:
When I was too young to drive, my mom and I went grocery shopping together weekly. My mother has been Lady Lancôme for over 20 years; I thought of her as Isabella Rossellini at Macy’s. I’m biased, but my mother is beautiful, with a slight accent, like the face of Trezor, Isabella herself. In my opinion, my mom spent her weekends thinking about food and looking for the best ingredients, just like me. Although, to her credit, she obviously had something to worry about, besides what to cook.