With 30 years of professional cooking and four New York City restaurants under his belt, star chef Marc Murphy has finally come out with his debut cookbook. On sale now, Season with Authority: Confident Home Cooking focuses on the art of seasoning with salt, spices and herbs and features more than 130 recipes for Murphy’s favorite, improved-upon comfort foods like deviled eggs with fried oysters, braised lamb shanks and an amazingly gooey Nutella and peanut butter panini (left). Here, an excerpt from Murphy’s new book in which he shares the 21 essential pantry items every home cook needs. Plus, a recipe for his incredible Nutella sandwich.
If you plan on eating anchovies over crostini, buy the best you can afford; but for blending them into stews and sauces, inexpensive oil-packed ones will be just as great. Having anchovies on hand gives you a huge advantage in sneaking some amazing umami flavor into your dishes.
Like anchovies, great to have on hand to add that sneaky umami taste.