Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook by Kristen Miglore and Amanda Hesser

Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook by Kristen Miglore and Amanda Hesser

Not long ago, I decided to go about the business of learning more about food. I did already consider myself to be a reasonably competent cook; However, I really wanted to broaden my horizons a bit and shake things up while educating myself. While the thought of culinary school is enticing, the logistics of making that work aren’t something I want to undertake. And, really, my end goal isn’t to become a professional chef. I want to be an exceptionally good home cook.

Enter Food52’s Genius Recipes. I had read considerable buzz online about the cookbook after it was published in April. After checking out a copy from the local library, I understood all the talk. Many of the collection of recipes came from respected sources and sounded delicious. I wanted to make everything. So that’s exactly what I decided to do. I will cook and eat my way through the entire cookbook, documenting on this blog as I go. The recipe index is below. I’ll link to recipe posts as I make progress.

A few fine points. This project has an open-ended deadline. While I want to keep the project moving, the point is to learn and enjoy the process. The last thing I want to do is stress over a schedule. I will post recipes only if they are already available on Food52‘s website or elsewhere online in places such as the originator’s website. I live in Topeka, which means I might not able able to source some ingredients. I’ll do my best to stay true to the recipes but I reserve the right to find reasonable substitutes when necessary.

So… let’s get crackalacking.

Last updated: August 22, 2017


  • Fried Eggs With Wine Vinegar from Roger Vergé
  • Chocolate Muscovado Banana Cake from Nigel Slater (July 16, 2015)
  • Touch-of-Grace Biscuits from Shirley Corriher
  • One-Ingredient Corn Butter from Whitney Wright
  • English Porridge from April Bloomfield
  • Roasted Applesauce from Judy Rodgers
  • Olive Oil & Maple Granola from Nekisia Davis
  • Poached Scrambled Eggs from Daniel Patterson
  • Spicy Sauce from Torrisi Italian Specialties
  • Yogurt with Toasted Quinoa, Dates & Almonds from Sitka & Spruce (July 3, 2015)
  • Potato Scallion Cakes (Fritterra) from Bert Greene
  • Currant Cottage Cheese Pancakes from Deborah Madison
  • Crepes from Kenny Shopsin
  • Raised Waffles from Marion Cunningham
Greek Yogurt with Toasted Quinoa, Dates & Nuts

Greek Yogurt with Toasted Quinoa, Dates & Nuts

Snacks & Drinks

  • Bar Nuts from Union Square Café (July 4, 2015)
  • Deviled Eggs from Virginia Willis
  • Basic Hummus from Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
  • One-Ingredient Whole Grain Crackers from Dan Barber (July 13, 2015)
  • No-Knead Bread from Jim Lahey
  • Grilled Favas from Ignacio Mattos
  • Classic Guacamole from Roberto Santibañez (February 4, 2016)
  • Herb Jam with Olives & Lemon from Paula Wolfert
  • Salt-Crusted Potatoes with Cilantro Mojo from José Pizarro
  • Watermelon, Mint & Cider Vinegar Tonic from Louisa Shafia
  • Tomato Water Bloody Mary from Todd Trasher
  • Spiced Red Wine (Ypocras) from Anne Willan
  • Cliff Old Fashioned from Dave Arnold
Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and Garlic

Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and Garlic

Soups & Salads

  • Romaine Hearts with Caesar Salad Dressing from Frankies Spuntino
  • Fresh Fig & Mint Salad from Richard Olney
  • “Use A Spoon” Chopped Salad from Michel Nischan
  • Radicchio Salad with Manchego Vinaigrette from Toro Bravo
  • Garlic-Scented Tomato Salad from Marcella Hazan
  • Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad With Tahini from Moro
  • Kale Salad from Northern Spy Food Co. (April 24, 2015)
  • Green Peach Salad from Crook’s Corner
  • Red Salad from Fergus Henderson
  • Wild & White Rice Salad from Viana La Place & Evan Kleiman
  • Roasted Carrot & Avocado Salad With Crunchy Seeds from ABC Kitchen
  • Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt & Garlic from Heidi Swanson (June 2, 2015)
  • Spicy Tomato Soup from Barbara Lynch
  • Cauliflower Soup from Paul Bertolli
  • Potato Soup with Fried Almonds from Anya Von Bremzen
Sticky Balsamic Ribs with Asiago Grits & Kale

Sticky Balsamic Ribs with Asiago Grits & Kale

Meaty Mains

  • Salt-Baked Herbed Salmon with Red Onion-Caper Vinaigrette from Cory Schreiber
  • Shrimp Grits from Edna Lewis & Scott Peacock
  • Crispy-Skinned Fish from Le Bernardin
  • Rosemary-Brined Buttermilk Fried Chicken from Michael Ruhlman (August 22, 2017)
  • Simplest Roast Chicken from Barbara Kafka
  • Chicken Thighs with Lemon from Canal House
  • Dry-Brined Turkey (A.K.A. The Judy Bird) from Russ Parsons
  • Cranberry Sauce from Daniel Humm
  • Onion Carbonara from Michel Richard
  • Sticky Balsamic Ribs from Ian Knauer (June 26, 2015)
  • Carnitas from Diana Kennedy
  • Grilled Pork Burgers from Suzanne Goin
  • Brisket of Beef from Nach Waxman
  • Meatballs from Rao’s
  • Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Grilled in Cloth (Lomo Al Trapo) from Steven Raichlen
  • Perfect Pan-seared Steaks from J. Kenji López-Alt (June 26, 2015)
Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce

Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce

Meatless Mains

  • Cauliflower Steaks from Dan Barber
  • Pasta with Yogurt & Caramelized Onions from Diane Kochilas
  • Mushroom Bourguignon from Deb Perelman
  • Polenta Facile from Carlo Middione
  • Tomato Sauce with Butter & Onion from Marcella Hazan (June 4, 2015)
  • Grilled Pizza from Al Forno
  • Ginger Fried Rice from Jean-Georges Vongerichten & Mark Bittman
  • Spiced Braised Lentils & Tomatoes with Toasted Coconut from Melissa Clark
  • Baked Brown Rice from Alton Brown
  • Pasta with Let-My-Eggplant-Go-Free! Puree from Francis Lam
  • Kale Panini from Andrea Reusing
  • Ship’s Biscuit from Saltie
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from Gabrielle Hamilton
  • Green Lentil Salad from Patricia Wells
  • Black Pepper Tofu from Yotam Ottolenghi


  • Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Whipped Goat Cheese from Alon Shaya
  • Broccoli Cooked Forever from Roy Finamore
  • Garlic Green Beans from Penelope Casas
  • Balsamic Glazed Beets & Greens from Peter Berley
  • Grilled Chard Stems with Anchovy Vinaigrette from Anna Klinger
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette from Momofuku
  • Fried Asparagus with Miso Dressing from Nobu Matsuhisa
  • Ratatouille from Alice Waters
  • Gratin of Zucchini, Rice & Onions with Cheese from Julia Child
  • Potato Dominoes from Francis Mallmann
Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Drunken Blackberry Sauce

Sweet Corn Ice Cream with Drunken Blackberry Sauce


Food53 Genius Recipes: Strawberry Lemon Sorbet

Food53 Genius Recipes: Strawberry Lemon Sorbet