After years of testing recipes, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs kw that the best meals come t from professional chefs at gourmet restaurants, but from the kitchens of home cooks, where practicality and inventiveness take center stage. At Food52.com, skilled home cooks submit recipes and participate in a lively online community, competing each week by sending in their best seasonally appropriate recipe within a particular category. While Amanda and Merrill choose the finalists, readers vote for the best recipe. The Food52 Cookbook contains all 104 winning recipes, along with dozens of wild card favorites, including: Summer Corn Chowder, Lamb Burgers with Cilantro Yogurt, Fasoolya Khadra (Beef and Green Bean Stew), Grilled Blade Chops over Greek Salad, Not Red Velvet Cake with Fudge Glaze, and Strawberries with Lavender Biscuits. The Food52 Cookbook captures the community spirit and flavor that have made the website a success, and includes the authors' expert comments on every recipe, plus behind-the-scenes photos, tips and variations, reader comments, and brief features on the contributors.
Amanda Hesser has been named one of the fifty most influential women in food by Gourmet. She has written the award-winning books Cooking for Mr. Latte and The Cook and the Gardener, and edited the essay collection Eat, Memory. Her book The Essential New York Times Cookbook was a New York Times bestseller and the winner of a James Beard Award. Merrill Stubbs has worked in the food industry for more than a decade. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, she has written for the New York Times, Edible Brooklyn, and Body+Soul, and she was the food editor for Herb Quarterly magazine. Food52.com, which has more than 20,000 recipes and 900,000 monthly visitors, was named Best Food Publication at the 2012 James Beard Awards.