Secret Sauces: Fresh and Modern Recipes

Last Updated January 31, 2018
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Secret Sauces cookbook
Secret Sauces cookbook by Vanessa Seder, photos by Stacey Cramp

Hundreds of ideas for elevating everyday dishes!

In her introduction to Secret Sauces, Vanessa Seder explains the magic of flavors: "Many of these recipes were inspired by the desire to recreate the signature sauces that came with these meals and to "decode" and reveal the secret and mysterious ingredients behind them. Here's another secret: some sauces are hidden in plain sight. Even something as simple as seasoned olive oil can be a sauce of sorts."

Here, you'll find all of your favorite condiments, dressings, salsas, sauces, and sweet drizzles. Enjoy these three recipes from Secret Sauces.


Recipes used with permission from Secret Sauces by Vanessa Seder, photography by Stacey Cramp.

Xanadu Pepper Sauce

Inspired by the slightly gummy, translucent red Thai sweet chili sauce found in local Asian supermarkets.

Old School Brooklyn Hot Salad

Not really a salad, and not that hot either, this relishy sauce hearkens back to a time when Italian-American cuisine was still trying to position itself in a way that the mainstream could understand...

Thyme Grapefruit Beurre Blanc

Slightly sweet, tart, and herby, this is a great addition to foods that are light or bland.
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