I've long been a fan of bagna càuda, that magical Italian elixir of anchovies, garlic, and olive oil. I figure that almost any ingredient can be made better by dragging it through the potent sauce. But seeing its name in a Japanese cookbook was, frankly, a bit of a shock. Japanese plus Italian? I had to try it.
'bagna cauda' on Serious Eats
With Marcella Hazan's earth-shattering bagna cauda and winter crudités in your repertoire, you'll never be tempted to include those plastic-encrusted supermarket veggie and dip platters in your New Year's Eve buffet again.