Best of the Web: Food52

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Food52 is a tribute to home cooks. As part of our Mother’s Day appreciation for food-blogging moms, we’re including food52 because it allows anyone who loves playing in the kitchen to showcase and share their recipes.


The idea for the site was born when founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs were working on The Essential New York Times Cookbook and realized the people cooking at home are the ones who are innovating — and having the most fun.


The site’s community members participate in weekly recipe contests, with winners receiving Williams-Sonoma cookware prizes (we’re so proud!) and the opportunity for their recipe to appear in official food52 cookbooks. The first cookbook will be published in October 2011 by HarperCollins. Hesser and Stubbs’ goal is to build a space for home cooks to share recipes and tips, solve cooking conundrums and indulge in the creative process.


As they explain in their manifesto:


“If you cook, your family will eat dinner together.

If you cook, you will naturally have a more sustainable household.

If you cook, you’ll set a lifelong example for your children.

If you cook, you’ll understand what goes into food and will eat more healthily.

If you cook, you’ll make your home an important place in your life.

If you cook, you’ll make others happy.

If you cook, people will remember you.”


The emphasis on family represents a huge part of food52’s message. Hesser is a mother to twins, a boy and a girl — “who by age 2 had eaten both pigeon and uni, whether they liked it or not.”


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