A Few Good Ingredients

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One Good Dish

By David Tanis

Published 2013

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Good cooking requires good ingredients, even (or rather, especially) for simple recipes like these. Throughout the book you will see references to good oil, good bread, and so forth. These are the basic elements with which to build a good dish, so they really can’t be subpar. It’s important not only for flavorful food, but for healthful food as well. Here are some specifics to explain what I mean.

ANCHOVIES: Mediterranean recipes often call for anchovies—either as whole fillets or chopped or mashed—used as seasoning. Although price-friendly grocery store anchovies are fine for melting in warm olive oil, look for high quality anchovies if you want a meatier, sweeter product. Options are salt-packed anchovies from Italy, which require a good rinse as well as deboning; or oil-packed fillets from France or Spain, which are more expensive but worth it.