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Few things are as good as a meal cooked by either of the Sussmans, Max or Eli. Long story short, go to Brooklyn, eat at Mile End and tell ’em we sent you. We liked their first cookbook, This Is A Cookbook, a whole bunch. But their second book, released this past fall, the aptly named Best Cookbook Ever, kind of is the best cookbook ever. We want to make everything in it, starting with this soba noodle recipe. 

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As much as everyone loves the occasional so-so Chinese food delivered right to the door, often it’s much more fulfilling and significantly less gross to make dinner yourself. If it’s Sunday and you’re about to binge out on food (and AMC), we understand. Put on your pj’s, earmark this recipe, and move on to a different chapter. But if you’ve got plans later and don’t want to be weighted down, this recipe is light and quick and the poaching liquid doubles as your sauce, so that’s one less pan to clean up.

Reprinted with permission from Best Cookbook Ever