By Karen Gaudette Brewer
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Don't judge this root vegetable by its outsides, for within celery root's knobby, gnarly exterior is a nutty sweetness that's best coaxed out by recipes that call for simmering, stewing, braising, baking and other forms of cozy, slowww cookin'.

So what the heck is this thing? Celery root, also known as celeriac, is a cousin of celery and can range in size from a pear to a small melon.

Choose a firm, unblemished celery root that seems heavy for its size.

Prep by slicing off the hairy, knobby parts until you get to the creamy insides.

Now for the best part! How to enjoy:

Soon, you'll be that friend telling everyone why they need to try celery root.