About Food52 A New Way to Dinner
A smart, inspiring cookbook showing how to plan, shop, and cook for dinners (and lunches and desserts) all through the week. The secret? Cooking ahead.
Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, founders of the online kitchen and home destination Food52, pull off home-cooked dinners with their families with stunning regularity. But they don’t cook every night.
Starting with flexible base dishes made on the weekend, Amanda and Merrill mix, match, and riff to create new dinners, lunches, and even desserts throughout the week. Blistered tomatoes are first served as a side, then become sauce for spaghetti with corn. Tuna, poached in olive oil on a Sunday, gets paired with braised peppers and romesco for a fiery dinner, with spicy mayo for a hearty sandwich, and with zucchini and couscous for a pack-and-go salad.
Amanda and Merrill’s seasonal plans give you everything you need to set yourself up well for the week, with grocery lists and cooking timelines. They also share clever tips and tricks for more confident cooking, showing how elements can work across menus and seasons to fit your mood or market, and how to be scrappy with whatever’s left in the fridge. These building blocks form A New Way to Dinner, the key to smarter, happier cooking that leaves you with endless possibilities for the week ahead.
About the Author
Amanda Hesser has been a food columnist and editor at the New York Times for more than a decade. She is the author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook, the award-winning Cooking for Mr. Latte and The Cook and the Gardener, and editor of the essay collection Eat, Memory. Hesser is also the co-founder of food52.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Tad Friend, and their two children.
I am always on the hunt for innovative new cooking ideas to create epic and memorable meals for my family. I love diving head first into recipe books, searches on Google and Pinterest, and random YouTube videos to take cooking to the next level.
I simply adore having a weekly meal planning strategy to start out the week. Whether it is meal prepping on the weekend on making a meal that can last more than two days, with left overs for lunches.
Food52 is a playbook of recipes and strategies for the week ahead.The recipes are not only inspiring, easy, and helpful they help with organizing my week according to seasonal dishes. I want to keep this book in my personal library forever! Amanda and Merrill guide you through the process of making beautiful home cooked meals and refreshing desserts, with flawless taco combinations, to smart menu planning, and manageable grocery shopping techniques, to re-heating classic leftovers.
The photographs in this recipe book are amazing beyond compare, with a plethora of details across each informative and useful page. Amanda and Merrill totally understand the hectic life of motherhood, career, and taking care of your household.
They describe their own personal experiences from raising twins, running a growing business, and how it took them years to discover meal planning for their families.
They discovered that cooking was not the problem, it was having time to organize and plan healthy meals. They discuss storing fresh ingredients, storing cooked food, re-heating, freezing, cleanup, and things to have on hand in the kitchen. I would highly recommend this book that is rich in ideas and hands-on pointers that every mother needs to run her kitchen successfully for the entire year. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.