Americans have been doing a few shameful things in the kitchen, butchering basic dishes like tomato sauce and fish and chips—when it comes to cooking, sometimes our gumption is both our blessing and our curse. While we support experimentation and culture-mashing, we also think every cook can benefit from a return to the source material once in a while. Master these international classics first, then build on them as you wish.

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