CHAPTER 2:The Basics

I rarely buy condiments because I want to have full control over what I eat. Most store-bought products contain sugar, preservatives, and other additives that are best avoided, so I make most of the ingredients I cook with myself. Don’t worry: that’s not as difficult as it sounds! In this chapter, you’ll find recipes for everything from mayonnaise and pesto to gut-healing kimchi, sugar-free jam, and even homemade Mexican chorizo. A few recipes—like pork carnitas and kimchi—do take more than 30 minutes to prepare, but they require minimum hands-on time, so it’s easy to multitask and to make a few of them at the same time.

Avocado and Kale Pesto

Making pesto at home is simple and it only takes a few minutes. This version ...

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