Jay Bentley's technique for Cast Iron Roasted Half Chicken involves cooking a whole chicken between two very hot and heavy pans. Courtesy of Lynn Donaldson hide caption

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Bill Smith's Atlantic Beach Pie is based on a recipe for lemon pie, a staple of the North Carolina coast. Courtesy of Katie Workman hide caption

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A Simple Chinese Twist On Young Soybeans

Fuchsia Dunlop shares a "Found Recipe" for stir-fried snow vegetable with green soybeans, a dish she enjoyed in the countryside near Shanghai.

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Tuscan Pie A Sweet Springtime Take On Spinach

Francine Segan, author of Dolci: Italy's Sweets, discovered the unusual treat while traveling in Tuscany.

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Rachel Allen's recipe for Molly Malone's Cockle and Mussel Chowder derives its name from a popular Irish folk song. David Loftus hide caption

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Molly Malone: A Soup And Song For St. Patrick's Day

Irish cookbook author Rachel Allen shares a recipe for Molly Malone chowder, a soup inspired by the Irish folk song about a doomed fishmonger.

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Carrots' leafy green tops usually end up in the trash. Not so fast, says cookbook author Diane Morgan, who uses the frilly leaves to make a pesto. Courtesy of Diane Morgan hide caption

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Finding Flavor In The Castoff Carrot Top

Cookbook author Diane Morgan says there's much more to a carrot than the orange part. But too often, she says, the root vegetable's frilly green fronds end up in the trash.

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"Jung is a portable meal, wrapped in bamboo leaves," says Jidan Koon. She and her now-husband, Bryant Terry, created their own multicultural version of the traditional dish when they got engaged. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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For chef and restaurateur Jose Garces, watching football on television as a boy also meant snacking on his mother's homemade empanadas. Jason Varney/ hide caption

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A still-trim Elvis Presley enjoys a sandwich in 1958. His love of fatty foods hadn't caught up to him yet. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Cookbook author Marilynn Brass says eating Virginia Lima's traditional Portuguese Sweet Bread is like biting into a cloud. Andy Ryan hide caption

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Poppy seed cookies bring back memories of watching Dallas with Aunt Ida, the Brass Sisters say. Maren Caruso/Getty Images hide caption

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