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Cookbooks are absolutely one of my favorite me-time splurges. I find them inspiring & actually helpful in really getting my creative juices going. Food52: Genius Recipes is a brilliant new cookbook that recently hit the shelves this month. Check out why spectators & chefs alike will be totally engrossed!
There are good recipes and there are great ones—and then, there are genius recipes.
Genius recipes surprise us and make us rethink the way we cook. They might involve an unexpectedly simple technique, debunk a kitchen myth, or apply a familiar ingredient in a new way. They’re handed down by luminaries of the food world and become their legacies. And, once we’ve folded them into our repertoires, they make us feel pretty genius too. In this collection are 100 of the smartest and most remarkable ones.
There isn’t yet a single cookbook where you can find Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter, Jim Lahey’s No-Knead Bread, and Nigella Lawson’s Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake—plus dozens more of the most talked about, just-crazy-enough-to-work recipes of our time. Until now.
These are what Food52 Executive Editor Kristen Miglore calls genius recipes. Passed down from the cookbook authors, chefs, and bloggers who made them legendary, these foolproof recipes rethink cooking tropes, solve problems, get us talking, and make cooking more fun. Every week, Kristen features one such recipe and explains just what’s so brilliant about it in the James Beard Award-nominated Genius Recipes column on Food52. Here, in this book, she compiles 100 of the most essential ones—nearly half of which have never been featured in the column—with tips, riffs, mini-recipes, and stunning photographs from James Ransom, to create a cooking canon that will stand the test of time.
Whether you’re just a Food Network slacker or a full on re-creative foodie, I think you’ll find this book to be so much more than just a regular cookbook. As someone who follows many food industry careers both in print & on television, this was kind of a neat behind-the-scenes look at some seriously amazing recipes. Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook hit the shelves April 17th of this year & is already climbing the book ranks for good reason. I can personally say after reading through this book a few times (& making lots of notes!), you’ll definitely be seeing some of these recipes or inspiration on Home in High Heels or on my Instagram page for sure! The variety of complex & quite simple recipes is so appreciated.