When I say “salt” — a short note on ingredients and the bare minimum on a few essentials

These are things I either buy regularly or try to always have on hand. Unless I note otherwise, salt means unrefined sea salt and black pepper is freshly ground, nutmeg freshly grated. Herbs are always fresh, and parsley is flat-leafed. Butter is unsalted. Milk, yogurt, and sour cream are full-fat. I use organic whole cane sugar (evaporated cane juice), Grade B maple syrup (a bit darker than Grade A), and raw, unfiltered honey. I call for Meyer lemons (sweeter juice, less acid, a floral flavor, and a softer, thinner peel than typical lemons) in desserts and drinks, and ordinary lemons in savory dishes. For more, see The Real Food Cookbook.

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