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Shrimp benefit from delicate cooking, as sharp, aggressive heat cooks them unevenly, yielding a seized, rubbery exterior. This recipe for Twice-Cooked Garlic Shrimp is an exercise in patience, and illustrates that part one of great cooking is mastering the application of heat. Part two is the mindful harmonizing of flavors. Always get fresh shrimp if you can. Its texture and flavor are unparalleled (think lobster).

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