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Basic Roasted Eggplant
Start simple, with a basic roast eggplant that, when cubed, can be used a zillion ways. 

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Eggplant: The Best Thing to Buy, the Best Way to Eat It—Now!

Julia Bainbridge
Food Editor
Yahoo Food
July 24, 2014

We keep our eyes peeled for the freshest, most in-season vegetables and the best deals on store shelves. And we do it for you, in the name of making everyday eating unicorn-sighting-exciting. (At least, we try.)

Eggplant is what you should be buying in July: it’s meaty and earthy and overall at its best. Look for heft and shine—no blemishes on the skin. (And PS. It’s actually a fruit.)

Yotam Ottolenghi, chef and co-owner of four Ottolenghi restaurants in London, put his beloved nightshade on the cover of his first cookbook, Plenty. And he’s not even a vegetarian! Here are the very best ways to eat eggplant—right now.