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Swap traditional basil for cilantro in this instant classic from beloved chef and culinary authority Jacques Pépin. Linguine, anyone?

World-renowned chef Jacques Pépin is a culinary authority, TV host and cookbook author many, many times over. His recent cookbook companion to his final PBS series, Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul, is filled with the simple comfort food he’s discovered over his long and storied career, the kind he loves to cook with friends and family. 

While vacationing with Gloria and her mother, Julia, in Puerto Rico, where Julia was born, I spotted a small restaurant that looked inviting. A young woman who was the chef came out to talk to me, and we went there for dinner. She had cilantro pesto on her menu. Gloria and I loved it, and I have since made my version of the dish many times when cilantro and chives come up in my garden.

Reprinted with permission from Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen