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How to Give Your Leftovers New Life

Tiffany Derry talks new dishes from revitalized ingredients

Maggie Borden

December 26, 2018


Leftovers can be divisive—some people resist reheating by any means possible, while others will gladly pop a tupperware for round two (or three, or four). But as Top Chef alum and Waste Not cookbook contributor Tiffany Derry shows in the video above, cooking with leftovers can go far beyond a spin in the microwave. Revamp the remaining odds and ends from your holiday feasting into entirely new dishes, or turn tops and scraps into a savory salsa or salad dressing. Watch the video above for some inspiration, and start 2019 in true #WasteNot-style.

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The James Beard Foundation's new cookbook, Waste Not: How to Get the Most from Your Food, offers up a host of delicious solutions to the pressing problem of food waste. Featuring 100 recipes from alumni of our Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, Waste Not will teach you how to turn every root, bone, rind, and stem into an irresistible dish.

Waste Not: How to Get the Most from Your Food, published by Rizzoli,​ is on sale now.​ Order your copy today!

Maggie Borden is content manager at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Instagram and Twitter.