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Easy Pantry Upgrades + a Deliciously Simple Holiday Appetizer From Chef Sara Jenkins

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Ever since I got an iPad a couple years ago, it’s become my favorite cooking companion. (Don’t worry—I got a screen protector to keep it safe from doughy fingerprints and rogue sauce splashes.) I love the combination of big, gorgeous pictures, easy-to-read recipes, and useful interactive elements like videos and ingredient glossaries. 

The latest addition to my library is New Italian Pantry by chef Sara Jenkins, who is known for cooking incredibly delicious rustic Italian food at her restaurants Porchetta, Porsena, and Porsena Extra. Her brand-new cookbook is designed to hand-hold you through the process of optimizing your pantry, beginning with a guide to 16 ingredients that you should have on hand at all times. Once you’ve stocked your kitchen, you’re ready for the recipes: 75 dishes that are both accessible and inspiring—think garlicky bagna cauda with fresh farmer’s market veggies or an at-home version of her famous porchetta. Click through for my two favorite tips and a speedy appetizer to make this holiday season.

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