A well-stocked pantry is like a well-stocked closet. If you let a professional loose inside, they can create something that you never would have come up with on your own. That’s why, over the past year, CULTURED polled some of the food world’s brightest minds about the pantry staples that are not given enough credit—and those that get a little too much attention. As you spiff up your kitchen for 2024, take a look at these highlights from our Well Done series. The experts are here to remind us that simplicity can be the secret to a meal remembered and that sometimes, the best-kept culinary secrets are hidden in plain sight.
Deb Perelman, Eric Kim, and Other Culinary Luminaries Reveal Their Most Underrated and Overrated Ingredients
Here’s what the pros cherish—and what they think is overhyped—in the modern pantry, from doenjang to lemon zest.