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Stocking the French Pantry

Simple ingredients add up to fabulous dishes.

Contrary to popular belief, one of the best things about French cuisine is its lack of pretense. What are really very commonplace ingredients come together for extraordinary results. Following are some that lie at the heart of French cooking:

Flat-leaf parsley
Unsalted butter
Sea salt
Gruyere cheese
Chicken stock
Dijon mustard
Curry powder