Demystifier: Cooking Oil: Masterpieces Start with Oil

It used to be so simple: shortening, butter and lard were all you needed to make food taste good. But then we discovered that too much fat was bad, and cooking oils got complicated. The latest heart-healthy oil to make a splash on the market is Imperial Republic Tea Oil, which contains less saturated fat than olive oil and has almost as many uses. It was a hit at the Summer Fancy Food Show--as was Pacifica Blood Orange Avocado Oil. But which oil to use with what food? Below, a quick primer.

OLIVE OIL

Extra-virgin olive oil, with its intense fruity...

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