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Cassoulet at Little Bird in Portland. Not the most photogenic thing I’ve eaten recently, but one of the tastiest.

Cassoulet at Little Bird in Portland. Not the most photogenic thing I’ve eaten recently, but one of the tastiest.

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Great talking food and #HTCEF with @mariobatali this week at the @92ndStreetY. #TBT to the time Mario showed me how to make gnocchi with butternut squash. Superb.

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“One question that drives me absolutely crazy is, “What are the five things I should have in my pantry?” I say, “You don’t want five things; you want 150 things. And then once you have those things and know how to use them, it becomes second nature, and you do use them. “What are the five things I need to have in my pantry?” is the wrong question. You should be asking yourself, “What are the kinds of cuisines I like? Do I like Thai or do I like Mexican? Do I like both? Do I like really unusual foods that I didn’t grow up with, or do I like the stuff I grew up with?” Then you start building those flavor profiles in your pantry. It’s easy enough, and you do it over time. The whole definition of a pantry is that it’s stuff that doesn’t go bad. You don’t need to go out and spend $500 on 100 new things.”
4 of my favorite tips for getting home-cooked meals on the table in even the busiest lives, over on Bon Appetit. Photo by Alex Lau.

“One question that drives me absolutely crazy is, “What are the five things I should have in my pantry?” I say, “You don’t want five things; you want 150 things. And then once you have those things and know how to use them, it becomes second nature, and you do use them. “What are the five things I need to have in my pantry?” is the wrong question. You should be asking yourself, “What are the kinds of cuisines I like? Do I like Thai or do I like Mexican? Do I like both? Do I like really unusual foods that I didn’t grow up with, or do I like the stuff I grew up with?” Then you start building those flavor profiles in your pantry. It’s easy enough, and you do it over time. The whole definition of a pantry is that it’s stuff that doesn’t go bad. You don’t need to go out and spend $500 on 100 new things.”

4 of my favorite tips for getting home-cooked meals on the table in even the busiest lives, over on Bon Appetit. Photo by Alex Lau.

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When people ask me to define “real food,” I usually say it’s food that existed 100 years ago. This is a pretty good response too.

When people ask me to define “real food,” I usually say it’s food that existed 100 years ago. This is a pretty good response too.

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How to cook, well, everything — nice display at the Harvard Bookstore. (Photo by @cookbookcarrie)

How to cook, well, everything — nice display at the Harvard Bookstore. (Photo by @cookbookcarrie)

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Headed out west tomorrow for more of the #HTCEFast tour. See you tomorrow, @town_hall_seattle! Some dates here, see the full schedule on my site.

Headed out west tomorrow for more of the #HTCEFast tour. See you tomorrow, @town_hall_seattle! Some dates here, see the full schedule on my site.

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Just a coupla guys with some decent beach reading. #HTCEFast

Just a coupla guys with some decent beach reading. #HTCEFast

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Backstage at @92ndStreetY with @mariobatali and @samsifton before tonight’s chat. #HTCEFast

Backstage at @92ndStreetY with @mariobatali and @samsifton before tonight’s chat. #HTCEFast

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#regram from @freshfarmmarkets. Beautiful morning signing books and eating at the farmers’ market in D.C.

#regram from @freshfarmmarkets. Beautiful morning signing books and eating at the farmers’ market in D.C.

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#tbt: Pasta with Anchovies and Arugula for “The Minimalist.”