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Cook the Book: Celery and Parmesan Salad

In the intro to How Easy Is That? Ina Garten explains the importance of having a well stocked pantry, since there is nothing worse than having to run to the store in the middle of making dinner. But I have to say that keeping a few key ingredients on hand goes a bit further than that.

Case in point: this Celery Parmesan Salad. Celery, lemons, Parmesan, and anchovies are ingredients that I pretty much always have on hand, but I'd never thought of them as the base for a salad until I tried this one for myself. And now that I have, this refreshing dish will certainly be working its way into my weekly rotation.

Aside from a few pantry ingredients, all this salad really needs is an hour to sit in the fridge, so that the celery will crisp and absorb all of the wonderfully tangy flavors from the dressing. Pile the sliced celery on leaves of Bibb lettuce if you have them around (or don't, if it means an extra trip to the store), shave a few curls of Parmesan, top with toasted walnuts and parsley leaves, and you're finished! The bright acid, crunchy celery, toasty walnuts, and nutty, rich cheese are made for each other. It beats the pants off any boring old mixed green salad.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of How Easy Is That? to give away this week.

Adapted from How Easy Is That? by Ina Garten. Copyright © 2010. Published by Clarkson Potter. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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