Try to find crabs that are fresh, fresh, fresh – alive! If you live near the sea, visit a fish market near the docks (like Sono Seaport Seafood). If land-locked, check in with the fishmonger at the grocery store for quality and freshness.
The best place to find sunchokes is at the farmers market. But many grocery stores also carry them at this time of year! You can cut off any gnarly ends, but don’t bother peeling the skin – just scrub well and rinse the dirt from the elbows of the sunchokes. There are all sorts of nutrients and earthy, nutty flavors in the skin.
You can substitute the pine nuts (which are often absurdly expensive) with almonds, walnuts or any other nut – get creative and colorful with pistachios!