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Graham Elliot recipes for risotto, kabocha soup

When it comes to ingredients, Graham Elliot thinks less is more.

“Think about taking a tomato and instead of turning it into a bunch of weird stuff, just slice a tomato paper thin with a drop of olive oil and sea salt and it’s one of the greatest things ever. Making food taste more like itself, I think, is important, concentrating flavours.”

Baked whole fish for Chinese New Year

The Chinese like to feature whole steamed fish on the menu of their New Year’s feasts. Said to signify togetherness, abundance and long life, it’s a dish with symbolism that is as important as taste. Indeed, you’re supposed to leave the bones, head and tail intact, a way to help ensure that the new year will be a winner from beginning to end.

Salmon poached in green salsa and topped with baked chips

The French love to cook fish by poaching it in a flavoured liquid, usually a combination of white wine and water, leeks or onions, and some herbs. It’s a notably lean way to roll because there’s no fat involved. And the finished product is reliably tender because it has been cooked at a low temperature.

Recipes for roasted carrots, edamame hummus, roasted brussels sprouts

Chefs are devoting entire cookbooks to creative vegetable recipes.

Yotam Ottolenghi, who has four locations of his eponymous restaurant as well as Nopi in London, England, wrote “Plenty” and “Plenty More.” His newest cookbook, “Nopi,” also contains some spectacular vegetable dishes that are served at the high-end restaurant.