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9 Recipes From James Beard

Try some top dishes from the chef who changed American cooking

While they’re classified as pasta, gnocchi are really small potato dumplings. They’re delicious with just a bit of melted butter and a sprinkling of grated Parmesan.

It looks like pasta, but it's potato gnocci, a favorite dish from the late James Beard. — Istock

James Beard was one of the food world's most influential figures. The late legendary chef introduced French cuisine, among others, to the American middle class in the 1950s, while championing fresh ingredients and home cooking from scratch. His legacy includes a tower of popular cookbooks, along with the James Beard Foundation and its prestigious culinary awards. These nine diverse recipes reveal the breadth of his talent.

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1. French-Style Bread

Known over the years as Continental or Cuban bread, this loaf should be eaten fresh the day it's baked. The egg wash ensures a gorgeous golden-brown crust.

Per serving: 207 calories, 0g saturated fat, 43g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 2g fiber, 585mg sodium

2. Mayonnaise

Making mayonnaise from scratch creates an incomparable flavor. Beard's recipe includes variations for incorporating horseradish, garlic, herbs or anchovies.

Per serving: 123 calories, 2g saturated fat, 0g carbohydrates, 0g protein, 0g fiber, 146mg sodium

3. Ratatouille

Beard's classic vegetable stew is delicious served with poached eggs and cheese or alongside lamb chops or roast beef.

Per serving: 228 calories, 3g saturated fat, 16g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 6g fiber, 702mg sodium

4. Lentil Soup With Chard and Lemon

Full of fiber and protein, this nourishing soup is a comfort classic.

Per serving: 385 calories, 3g saturated fat, 41g carbohydrates, 16g protein, 18g fiber, 601mg sodium

Next page: 5 more classic James Beard recipes. »

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