TIPS & NOTES
Shrimp with heads
(p.100) can be hard to find, but they add a depth of flavor to dishes. Look for them in ethnic markets or large supermarkets. (If you can’t find them, substitute uncooked shell-on shrimp.)
For help choosing sustainable wild or farmed shrimp, go to seafoodwatch.org.
(p.103) is a tall, starshaped Christmas bread with origins in Verona, Italy. It has an airy texture and sweet flavor. Traditionally, Italians give these cakes to symbolize luck and prosperity in the new year. Find them at Italian and gourmet shops or online at
Pecan wood chips
(p.92) produce a subtle, sweetish smoke that pairs well with poultry, seafood and vegetables. You can find them sold by the bag at most hardware stores, home improvement stores and supermarkets. If you don’t see pecan, substitute applewood chips.
(p.92), or arils, are sold in ready-to-go containers at most grocery stores. To seed whole pomegranates: Slice off the crown and score the fruit into quarters. Place in a bowl of water and break apart, gently separating seeds from skin and pith. Drain seeds in a colander.