Food and the City: Cooking At Home

Melanie Rehak, poet, critic, and author Eating for Beginners: An Education in the Pleasures of Food from Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid, reports on food from the farm, the fishing boat, the delivery truck, a Brooklyn locavore restaurant, and her own kitchen. Each week in November she shares what she's learned -- this week: cooking at home.

What do you think are the essential food items to always have in your cabinet? Share your advice for stocking the kitchen, tackling tough recipes, and cooking for a dinner party -- all at home.