One of the great things about cooking is that it helps you tune out the daily grind. And in a tough year like 2016, the kitchen became a much-needed respite. That’s where I found refuge in dishes like Lucy Buffett’s winter gumbo, rich carbonara threaded with uni, and a new twist on crispy duck. I hope these recipes brought you as much enjoyment as they have in developing, and cooking for my own family.

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