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Chili-spiked carrots. Skillet-charred Brussels sprouts. Mashed potatoes brightened with harissa and pistachios. These are just three ways to put vegetables in the center of your plate. Here in the U.S., meat is cheap and has been in the center of the plate for centuries. The rest of the world, however, knows how to approach vegetables, grains and beans not only with respect but with a fresh, lively approach, one that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. To get a vegetable education, we traveled to Athens to learn how winter vegetable stews could taste light and bright, not hearty and heavy. In Cairo, we tasted eggplant and potatoes that punched up flavor with bold pops of texture from whole spices. And in Puglia, Italy, we had a revelatory bite of zucchini enriched by ricotta cheese and lemon.



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Christopher Kimball

Christopher Kimball is the founder of Christopher Kimball's Milk Street. Mr. Kimball is also the host of Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Television and Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio, a weekly public radio show (and podcast) . Christopher also founded Cook's Magazine in 1980 and served as publisher and editorial director through 1989. In 1993, Mr. Kimball re-launched Cook's Magazine as Cook's Illustrated and went on to found Cook's Country magazine in 2004. Mr. Kimball is the author of several books including, most recently, Fannie's Last Supper.Learn more at 177milkstreet.com.



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