Weekend Cooking: Food52 Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore



I’ve decided to make the Weekend Cooking meme, hosted by Beth Fish Reads  a semi-regular post at Book’d Out.


Title: Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 recipes that will change the way you cook

Author: Kristen Miglore

Published: Ten Speed Press April 2015

Status: Read on April 10, 2015 — I own a copy  {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

“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.”

Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook is written by Food52.com’s executive editor Kristen Miglore. Each of the featured recipes is of “Genius” stature, meaning they are first created by professional cooks and bakers, then submitted to Food52.com, a popular website which launched in 2009, by community members with their recommendation.

I was curious about the recipes included in this cookbook, and their claims of genius. I enjoy cooking but I’m all about keeping it simple – in both method and taste.

Honestly, the only recipes I will likely try from this collection are Gabrielle Hamilton’s Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, which recommends slathering the outside of the bread in mayonnaise, instead of butter, before grilling them in a non stick frying pan; the Tomato Sauce with butter and onion which makes a simple but tasty sounding pasta sauce; and Cheater Soft Serve Ice-cream.

However, more adventurous foodies should enjoy the range of recipes, many which are suitable for vegetarians, and should appeal to both enthusiastic beginner and intermediate home cooks.

Breakfasts like Poached Scrambled Eggs and Chocolate Muscovado Banana Cake sound good. Mains range from Shrimp Grits to Sticky Balsamic Ribs, Cauliflower Steaks to Kale Panini, plus there are recipes for salads, soups and sides. Desserts include Nigella Lawson’s Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake and an interesting technique to create Caramelized White Chocolate.

While Food52.com has a regular ‘Genius’ column, it’s important to note that the author claims more than half of the recipes in this cookbook have never been published in the column before, so fans should still find something new to interest them.

The publisher’s book page shares a recipe for Chocolate Mousse from Herve This plus a ‘Look Inside’ feature.

Available to purchase from

Ten Speed Press I Amazon US I BookDepository I IndieBound

via Booko

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kay
    Apr 12, 2015 @ 21:28:19

    Hmmm…I’m not a big mayo fan, so putting it on the outside of grilled cheese sounds not terribly appealing to me. You didn’t share what the secret was about the soft serve ice cream. LOL



  2. Beth F
    Apr 12, 2015 @ 21:49:46

    I’m with Kay, I don’t think I’ll be trying that sandwich any time soon. But some of the other recipes you mentioned sound good. I save really fussy recipes for the weekend.



  3. Patty
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 02:32:20

    A friend of my mom’s told us about the mayo thing with grilled cheese and we love it…that tomato sauce is one I have made…it’s simple and light and we love it! Enjoy!



  4. Laurie C
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 06:08:53

    I don’t like mayo either! But I wonder if it doesn’t really taste like mayo when it soaks into the bread and gets grilled. I’ve never heard of Food52, so I’ll check it out!



  5. Les in NE
    Apr 14, 2015 @ 20:45:44

    I noticed this cookbook when it came into the store last week (I work at Barnes & Noble) and I’m eager to sit down and take a good look at the recipes offered. I’ve been hearing about the mayo versus butter on grilled cheese sandwiches a lot lately. When I mentioned it to my husband, he was not at all interested. I, however, am willing to give it a try since I do love mayo and am always looking for ways to improve a standard recipe. We’ll see how it goes! 😉



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