Aran Goyoaga is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the award-winning blog Cannelle Et Vanille. Her blog was a finalist in the 2012 James Beard Awards.
Aran grew up in the Basque Country in Northern Spain in a family of professional pastry chefs and cooks. Her love of food began in her maternal grandparents’ pastry shop and in the fields of her paternal grandparents’ farm. She studied business and economics but soon realized that she belonged in the kitchen. She enrolled in culinary school and began working at the Ritz-Carlton where she honed her love for pastry.
In 2010, after a bout of debilitating health issues, she was diagnosed with gluten intolerance and began living gluten-free.
Her first book “Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family’s Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking” (Little, Brown & Co) will be released in October 2012.
Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Everyday Food, Whole Living, Coastal Living, In Style, CNN, Saveur, Miami Herald, Living Without, Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP, ELLE Sweden and more.
She is the mother of a 6-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl and works out of her South Florida home studio. She continues to be inspired by nature and what seasons have to offer.
Trained pastry chef, blogger, and mother of two Aran Goyoaga turned to gluten-free cooking when she and her children were diagnosed with gluten intolerance. Combining the flavors of her childhood in Bilbao, Spain, with unique artistry and the informal elegance of small-plate dining, Aran has sacrificed nothing.
Dishes range from soups and salads to savory tarts and stews to her signature desserts. With delicate, flavorful, and naturally gluten-free recipes arranged by season, and the author’s gorgeously sun-filled food photography throughout, SMALL PLATES AND SWEET TREATS will bring the magic of Aran’s home to yours.
Fans of Cannelle et Vanille, those with gluten allergies, and cookbook enthusiasts looking for something new and special will all be attracted to this breathtaking book.
“Small plates and space to mingle are hallmarks of blogger Aran Goyoaga, who seamlessly makes the old world new again (and gluten free) in the sunny warmth of Florida”
(Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food )
“Her recipes have a true baker-from-birth quality with gluten-free as a major bonus. Her blog, besides being an incredibly useful source of recipes, is also beautifully executed.” (Gwyneth Paltrow, on GOOP )
“I found myself brushing my fingers over Aran’s photographs, smiling as I read the stories of her Basque childhood, and nodding as I studied her good tips, and I bet you will too. Then I bet you’ll cook – happily, heartily, healthfully, and daily. Aran’s recipes are fresh and bright and her food is simple and vibrant. It’s just what we want the year round.” (Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table )
“Aran’s unique sensibility rings clear throughout this book, from her heartfelt, attractive cooking to her beautifully styled photography. Lovely all the way around.” (Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen )
“Aran makes beautiful food that is meant to be shared with family and friends. That it is all gluten-free is a boon for people like me, but this is food for everyone. Peruse the pages of Small Plates and Sweet Treats and you will fall in love with this book.” (Shauna James Ahern, author of Gluten-free Girl )
“Aran’s talent for creating simple yet elegant dishes shines through every page. Reading her book feels like spending the day in an orchard-sunny, colorful, and full of fresh, delicious eats.” (Clotilde Dusoulier, author of Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris and Chocolate and Zucchini )