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Mussels are one of those sexy, evocative dishes that seems best executed by a fancy-pants chef at a corner bistro, but a big bowl of the bivalves is one of the most weeknight-friendly meals you can make. If you've ever been wary of cooking shellfish at home, mussels are a great place to start.

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Whenever I have the chance to buy prawns shell-on -- or, better yet, head-on -- I take it. Deveining and then cooking prawns in their shells is the tastiest way to go, and there's something very satisfactory about peeling them just before popping them into your mouth. But their journey shouldn't end there; the shells still have more to give.

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When our very own US editor-in-chief sent me a recipe for ceviche, I was excited, because ceviche combines two of my favourite activities: Eating seafood and not cooking. When I read the recipe, however, I was a little appalled, for it suggested that beautiful pieces of fresh sea bass be left in an acidic marinade for two freaking hours.

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Due to laziness and a strong desire to not turn on any sort of heat source during the summer, I have become a huge fan of dishes that can be prepared without any actual cooking. Perhaps that's why I'm so enamoured with the idea of aguachile, in which super-fresh seafood is "cooked" in a spicy, citrus-y chilli water.

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Lobsters are a positively delicious seafood, but they're not exactly the easiest food to eat. Especially if you don't have it very often. If you've never had it, or just need a refresher, this graphic walks you through eating a lobster.

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Out of all of the counters at the grocery store, the seafood counter may be the most unpredictable. Sometimes they simply don't have the fish you're looking for, or the one you want doesn't look too fresh. Knowing which fish to substitute can be tricky, but Epicurious has a whole slew of seafood swaps to help you out.

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That Parmesan cheese is actually wood, that honey has corn syrup and the cake is a lie. There's no guarantee the food you're buying at the store is what it says it is, so keep an eye out for these usual suspects if you don't want to waste your money on fake, inferior products.