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When we were putting together the list of 150 recipes that comprise our October issue, we were faced with a deceptively straightforward question: What is an essential recipe? What I've always said - and what was reaffirmed over and over again in the production of this issue - is that a classic recipe is one that that can completely withstand the test of time.
Classic recipes are also intensely representative of the place that they come from, something that these five recipes all particularly embody. But despite their strong sense of place, they're also versatile, dishes that would work on virtually any table. Plus, and this is perhaps the most important part, they're just friggin' delicious.
1. Cream of Tomato Soup
2. Dry-Fried Green Beans
3. Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
4. Spaghetti Carbonara
5. Chocolate Mousse
Let us know in the comments what classic recipes you think every home cook should know.
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