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Aran Goyoaga
Aran Goyoaga

WHO Aran Goyoaga, the 41-year-old author, food stylist and photographer who began publishing original recipes and mouthwatering food porn on her site Cannelle et Vanille in 2008 and has twice been a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Individual Food Blog. The Basque native hails from a long line of chefs and spent her childhood days in a family-owned pastry shop in Bilbao, Spain. She made her way to Seattle in 2013 after spending a decade in Florida. In the past year, Goyoaga photographed the cookbook Eating in the Middle for best-selling author Andie Mitchell (it hits bookstores in March) and taught food styling and photography workshops in Australia, Portugal and New York City.

THE LOOK “I am quite utilitarian in everything I do and wear, but I do love a touch of [the] ethereal. When I lived in Florida I was more feminine. Seattle has brought out the masculine in me. Night and day looks don’t differ much in my life. A nice coat is where I tend to invest in fashion, so for going out, a statement coat and red lipstick. I work a lot of double denim when I am shooting or cooking.”

ICONS “I will always love the classic look of the ’60s mods: Jane Birkin, Françoise Hardy, the Velvet Underground and Balenciaga. Very simple lines and bangs. I have always dreamed of Jane Birkin bangs, but my unruly curls have never allowed it.”

UP NEXT Goyoaga is remodeling her studio kitchen to allow for more video shoots and planning a workshop at the Photographic Center Northwest in June. She daydreams of eating her way through Japan and Bolivia in 2016, as well as returning to Basque Country to document the elusive and emotional aspects of a cuisine that tie her family together.