The Website Every Foodie Should Know About
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Food52 and its e-commerce site Provisions bring you one step closer to having the kitchen (and cooking skills) of your dreams.
Looking to spice up dinner with a recipe for braised Moroccan chicken? How about trying an easy-to-make muesli that fits into a busy morning, or enjoying a homemade Italian ice dessert after a long day?
With Food52, founded by former Times Magazine food editor Amanda Hesser and private chef/cooking instructor Merrill Stubbs, the pursuit of great flavor from around the world doesn’t have to mean intricate directions or huge grocery bills. The site allows users to come together and contribute their favorite recipes, all with an eye toward making great food—and the benefits that come with it—accessible to everybody.
Food52’s manifesto is “Memorable cooking doesn't have to be complicated or precious”— and easy-to-follow recipes for dishes like Quick Chai French Toast and Ridiculously Easy Macaroni and Cheese, as well as its recurring column “20-Dollar 20-Minute Meals,” make good on that promise. The site is about more than just expedience, though—it’s a community where all kinds of gourmands can find something to enjoy, from vegan and gluten-free delights to Italian delicacies to Southern-style cuisine. Even drink connoisseurs can find something to make with Craft Cocktails or explore an obsession with Wine, Unfussed.
The community the site has built up is never more evident—or more supportive—than it is on the Food52Hotline. On the Hotline, users can post questions (recent examples include “How long can I marinate boneless, skinless chicken in an acidic marinade for?” and “Can I make a cordial using something other than rum?”) and receive prompt answers from fellow chefs. With this helpful tool, no cooking task—no matter how daunting it may seem—is ever truly taken on alone.
The site also has an e-commerce section called Provisions, that hosts a bevy of beautiful dishware, kitchen items, thoughtful hostess gifts, and treats you didn't even know you wanted (hello, Mexican chocolate sugar!).
Food52 is a comprehensive guide to cooking—and that, in turn, makes it so much more. As the site states, “Research has shown that children from families who eat together do better in school, that eating ‘whole’ foods is healthier, [and] that eating sustainably will save the environment.” Regular home cooking is crucial to maintaining that balance, and with Food52, every chef has a helping hand.