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Food columnist Illyanna Maisonet dispels the notion that Puerto Rican food is spicy; instead, she says, it's all about building layers of flavor. Photo by Dan Liberti.

This week, Good Food highlights conversations with authors and journalists who took home a 2023 James Beard Media Award. Irina Georgescu hungered for familiar Easter recipes while baking her way through the overlapping cultures of Romania. Professor Psyche A. Williams-Forson considers the stereotypes and stigmas of race and diet. Andy Baraghani takes the lessons he learned working the line at restaurants and applies them to the home kitchen. LA pitmaster Kevin Bludso describes how his grandmother's tough love and rap video catering gigs led him to barbecue success. Chef Vishwesh Bhatt reflects on his childhood in India and how his cooking took shape in the American South. "Diasporican," the first cookbook by food columnist Illyanna Maisonet, explores Puerto Rican cuisine off the island.