Cookbook giveaway – Food52 Genius Recipes

Genius RecipesThe Food52 blog is one of the most popular in the EYB Library. The blog’s first two cookbooks (and an app!) were also big hits. The newest cookbook, Food52 Genius Recipes, is a compilation of 100 recipes based on the “Genius Recipes” section of the blog, where game-changing recipes from top chefs and cookbook authors are featured. You can learn more about the cookbook in the EYB interview with Food52 Executive Editor Kristen Miglore and see our Cookbook Events Calendar for Kristen’s appearances.

We’re delighted to offer one copy of Food52 Genius Recipes to a lucky EYB Member. One of the entry options is to answer the following question on this blog post:

What genius recipes has most changed the way you cook?

Please note that you must enter the comment after signing into Rafflecopter or your entry won’t be counted. The contest ends May 7, 2015.


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  • CarbonToe  on  April 9, 2015


  • wester  on  April 9, 2015

    Just one recipe? Recipes tend to change just small details in how I cook – like how to use particular spices, or that cauliflower can be roasted. Most recent I would choose Jennifer McLagan's Slow-roasted pork belly with fennel and rosemary because it helped me not be so afraid of large pieces of meat.

  • kedmiston  on  April 9, 2015

    I think a basic tomato sauce has been beneficial to how I cook. I have also mastered the olive oil ratio to vegetables for less drenched roasted veggies, which is harder than it sounds! I love everything Food52 does and am excited for the chance to win. Thank you!

  • MLKehoe  on  April 9, 2015

    I follow this blog and tuck the tidbits of information away. I'm always learning something new or getting new ideas. My college-age daughter is also hooked. Her repertoire consisted of fried eggs and brownies…then she found Food 52 & Jerusalem and her life changed. ๐Ÿ™‚ She follows the recipes exactly but I usually take bits and pieces from different recipes to create something more unique. I'm currently doing the Pantry Challenge so the Lentil Bolognese is on my list to try this weekend.

  • bching  on  April 9, 2015

    It's hard to pick just one but I notice the my favorites, the big game changers for me, are for baked items: the touch of grace biscuits and the no-knead bread. I've modified the touch of grace biscuits quite a bit so that I am bake them in a cake pan and skip the shaping all together. Both recipes made what used to be project cooking into regularly occurring family favorites.

  • yadajm  on  April 9, 2015

    Probably my recipe for Mexican rice. I couldn't cook rice to save my life before I discovered it.

  • tcjanes  on  April 9, 2015

    Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken-best fried chicken I've ever had.

  • matag  on  April 9, 2015

    Cut and use a who.e chicken for the week

  • lilyicious  on  April 9, 2015

    Marcella Hazan's Braised Celery

  • Bethcote  on  April 9, 2015

    Spicy Tomato Soup~ the best soup recipe ever! Bonus: no dairy and very easy.

  • Nsteinen  on  April 9, 2015

    Tomato sauce

  • MollyB  on  April 9, 2015

    Lorna Sass's basic oatmeal recipe, where you just add oats to boiling water, turn it off and cover, and let it sit for 5 min. Made me realize a lot of the standard preparations for certain foods aren't always better.

  • ldtrieb  on  April 9, 2015

    I regularly check for Genius recipes, I have made several from the website and have made the Caulifower soup many times.

  • Clove  on  April 9, 2015

    Choosing only one is difficult. Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce with butter and onion. It offers lots of possibilities

  • Mariarosa  on  April 9, 2015

    I made my first loaf of bread ever with Jim Lahey's No-Knead Bread. I still love that recipe!

  • tjnelson1hotmail  on  April 9, 2015

    Braised Celery

  • amylou61  on  April 9, 2015

    I LOVE Food52's site. My favorite of their Genius recipes is Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter. It's so simple, and SO good!

  • FunkyViriditas  on  April 9, 2015

    I've made several F52 recipes straight from the site. The fig cookies were really great and a big hit!

  • jyms  on  April 10, 2015

    I haven't tried a genius recipe yet – hence the interest in this book (:

  • contest718  on  April 10, 2015

    fried eggs with wine vinegar. going to try this tonight when we make steak and eggs!

  • genericgenre  on  April 10, 2015

    I'm not sure if I have tried a genius recipe. I have learned 'oh that's neat' from bread books, and I've been floored by a recipe that involved melting chocolate in with butter.

  • jd5761  on  April 10, 2015

    not tried any yet but I would love to try the tomato sauce with butter and onion

  • NikkiPixie  on  April 10, 2015

    It was a risotto recipe, making me realise that I can in fact cook things I had originally put in the "too hard" box……

  • jenniesb  on  April 10, 2015

    I loved Kristen's column on Paula Wolfert's Herb Jam w/ Lemon and Olives. I make it mostly during the winter months when I have to buy herbs in bulk (in I grow some of my own herbs so I only pick what I need). I used to hate seeing all the wasted herbs in my fridge, but now I just whip up a batch of this lovely jam/spread! The best part about it is you can adapt it.

  • Titch  on  April 10, 2015

    I haven't seen the Genius cookbook before so it has not changed the way I cook

  • nicolthepickle  on  April 10, 2015

    I would say Browned Butter. It has made a monumental difference is so many recipes.

  • Atelford  on  April 10, 2015

    Learning to cook with cast iron. I guess this is more of a technique, but I still love how it has changed my vision of cooking with meat.

  • DanieleK  on  April 10, 2015

    Maybe the no knead bread…to many things to choose from

  • Julia  on  April 10, 2015

    I love the Genius recipe column and have learned so many things from trying the recipes.

  • bevie19  on  April 10, 2015

    all the cauliflower ones!

  • MangerTout  on  April 11, 2015

    I love the no knead bread but the meatballs were a family hit.

  • chawkins  on  April 11, 2015

    Two of my favorites are the no-knead bread and the fresh blueberry pie.

  • shelleys91  on  April 11, 2015

    Id love to win this , bored of the same meals every week

  • LouiseSWigg  on  April 11, 2015

    don't know this book or blog but interested in anything that makes cooking easier.

  • marnone14  on  April 12, 2015

    A suprisingly quick tomato (spaghetti) sauce I found on Orangette. Just a can of good quality whole tomatoes simmered with a halved onion, throw in dried or fresh herbs, add salt and pepper, and mount with butter. Simmer until it tastes golden- 45+ min. I use it for everything!

  • bfg67  on  April 12, 2015

    the two ingredient biscuits

  • Grywhp  on  April 12, 2015

    One ingredient ice cream

  • stockholm28  on  April 12, 2015

    Marcella's butter and tomato sauce is pretty tasty for something so simple.

  • trudys_person  on  April 12, 2015

    No-knead bread, and Ottolenghi's hummus! Both awesome recipes!

  • Katiefayhutson  on  April 12, 2015

    Can't wait to read this book.

  • tasteslike  on  April 13, 2015

    I don't follow Genius recipes, so they haven't changed the way I cook

  • mfl  on  April 13, 2015


  • reno2014  on  April 14, 2015

    I have not seen this book yet. But I will say one thing, in every recipe I have tried weather it be from a cookbook, or an on line recipe from different sources, 9/10 times I will alter the recipe some how. Adding more spices, deleting some spices, adding more of an ingredient, or using less of an ingredient. I never follow a recipe as written. This does not apply to making candy though. I will not tempt fate with those. Also, my mom's own personal recipes I will never experiment with. Those are sacred ground, and should never be trifled with. She was a fantastic cook, and could have written many cookbooks if she had chosen to. But I have her legacy passed down to me in her beautiful handwriting, and they are always to be treasured.

  • jlh39  on  April 16, 2015

    Cauliflower soup – love the surprise change in texture after processing.

  • kidzcook  on  April 16, 2015

    Browned Butter Blondies

  • Deneenm  on  April 16, 2015

    Russ Parsons' dry-brined turkey. There is no other way…

  • aliceinbakingland  on  April 16, 2015

    No knead bread – it's a a life saver and a time saver all in one!

  • GillB  on  April 17, 2015

    oven baked risotto

  • Zosia  on  April 17, 2015

    Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce with butter and onion.

  • angiehoggett  on  April 18, 2015

    no knead bread

  • dbcurrie  on  April 18, 2015

    Marcella Hazan's sauce recipe with butter. Never thought about butter with tomato sauce but it works.

  • Analyze  on  April 18, 2015

    i haven't actually used a genius recipe – thanks for the introduction!

  • RoseM  on  April 20, 2015

    Marcella's tomato sauce!

  • sillyvy  on  April 21, 2015

    one ingredient ice cream!

  • jecca  on  April 21, 2015

    I recently discovered Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce (via The Edible Atlas: Around the World in Thirty-Nine Cuisines, by Mina Holland) and it's a total game changer! It's just tastes gorgeous and is so simple!

  • CCF4  on  April 21, 2015

    Guess it would be the 4 hour baguette….

  • rchesser  on  April 21, 2015

    The no knead bread.

  • tinaellen  on  April 21, 2015

    No question: no-knead bread!

  • Rosesrpink50  on  April 22, 2015

    No-knead bread!

  • ravensfan  on  April 23, 2015

    The spicy sauce recipe. I use it on everything.

  • bdmltm  on  April 23, 2015

    Tomato sauce

  • Carpecookie  on  April 24, 2015

    Marcella's (now world-famous) genius tomato sauce with butter and onion. Looking forward to this book full of genius recipes!

  • pgarcia  on  April 25, 2015

    Marcella's tomato sauce!

  • lmalter  on  April 26, 2015

    Recipes that taught me to brine chicken or pork before roasting

  • lawnchair7  on  April 26, 2015

    Shakshuka. Eggs for dinner!

  • percussion03  on  April 26, 2015

    Hazan's tomato sauce. So simple, but I never would have thought of it.

  • Nancith  on  April 26, 2015

    Don't know this cookbook, but am interested in it.

  • pokarekare  on  April 26, 2015

    None so far because I haven't read it. However, learning about Asian cooking and stir frying revolutionised the way I cook many years ago!

  • DJBWA  on  April 26, 2015

    No knead bread….but I really need it

  • readingtragic  on  April 27, 2015

    Using a cast iron covered pot and low oven heat to cook curries and stews – the meat is always tender. I haven't "simmered over a low heat" for years!

  • JanScholl  on  April 27, 2015

    no knead bread.

  • LadyEssex  on  April 27, 2015

    Learning to make a good soffrito has helped my cooking immeasurably.

  • Neojess  on  April 27, 2015

    The hummus – I wouldn't have dared to make my own!

  • kelbooow  on  April 27, 2015

    The olive oil & maple granola for sure! I give lots of granola as gifts and that recipe is a staple!

  • Mimmi  on  April 27, 2015

    No knead bread sounds like a bread even I could make!

  • ljskop  on  April 27, 2015

    I've been meaning to try Marcella's tomato sauce (it's legendary) and the no-knead bread recipe.

  • jpmrifkin  on  April 27, 2015

    The New Roots Life Changing Bread, my every morning breakfast now, with different fruits and nuts each time I make it. Love it!

  • tmatthey  on  April 27, 2015

    I have never read the blog – have yet to try a 52genius recipe BUT you can bet I am going to start trialling some of the recipes now. The Marcella tomato sauce may be legendary but it is news to me … and it looks so simple that I might encourage my non-cooking, starving artist in NYC daughter to give it a go, too.

  • redhairing  on  April 27, 2015

    2-ingredient no-fail biscuits!

  • elenajh  on  April 27, 2015

    I've always loved the Broccoli cooked forever–makes this delicious, rustic broccoli-pesto to spoon over polenta (or whatever). So. Good.

  • mahtiezzi  on  April 27, 2015

    No knead bread! Love it.

  • RaceyR  on  April 27, 2015

    I use Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe- meaning that these days I spread Mayo on the outside of the bread vs. butter or margarine before grilling.

  • sideshoes  on  April 27, 2015

    I don't think I've tried a genius recipe, which is why I need this book!!

  • fjain  on  April 28, 2015

    Yotam Ottolenghi's Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce. Divine!

  • sharifah  on  April 28, 2015

    No-knead bread

  • rstuart  on  April 28, 2015

    Browned butter (and vanilla sugar) have changed by life!

  • cpasek  on  April 28, 2015

    No-knead bread!

  • pandapotamus  on  April 29, 2015

    no-knead bread!

  • shaedurls  on  April 29, 2015

    No knead bread

  • t.t  on  April 29, 2015

    Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce with butter and onion

  • RuthGo  on  April 29, 2015

    I don't have one, that's why I need the book!

  • jwlucasnc  on  April 29, 2015

    With Crook's Corner close by in Chapel Hill, I have to credit Bill Smith and his sensational (and crazy simple) Atlantic Beach Pie.

  • Larkspur  on  April 29, 2015

    I have finally been able to make high rising 100% whole wheat bread thanks to Peter Reinhart's recipe.

  • jennifer852501  on  April 29, 2015

    There is no way I can come up with just one thing! I will say that Marcella's tomato sauce with butter and onion was a life changer for me, but I've been making it since I was in high school…super excited to see it on Food52 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Larkspur  on  April 29, 2015

    And no knead bread too

  • bevie19  on  April 30, 2015

    I haven't made one yet but I already know my favorite: ginger juice!

  • lucyaspray  on  April 30, 2015

    Two ingredient pancakes are a game changer for me!!

  • Beckiemas  on  April 30, 2015

    Genius chocolate cake. Transformed the kitchen!

  • TRACYAC  on  April 30, 2015

    I've just discovered I can cook if I put my mind to it and the biggest surprise was the "fried eggs in wine vinegar" as it was the first "genius" recipe I actually tried and they were very very tasty and now a firm favourite of the family. Called "Tracy's eggs" in our house. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Trice  on  April 30, 2015

    Marcella's Tomato, Butter and Onion sauce is the ultimate genius recipe for me. i have shared this recipe so many times with friends and family looking for a quick and delicious meal and without exception they have all loved it as well.

  • RNJessicaK  on  April 30, 2015

    I would have to say making my own spice blends and sauces has been a huge change in my cooking over the years.

  • enpsmom  on  April 30, 2015

    Recently it would be the Tomato Butter Onion Sauce but there are way too many 'genius recipes' to have just one favorite.

  • annahsgram  on  April 30, 2015

    Tomato sauce

  • infotrop  on  April 30, 2015

    No-knead bread helped us live more happily in a country where bread was just not important

  • TwoGrants  on  April 30, 2015

    Cauliflower soup!

  • RobertaJ  on  April 30, 2015

    Marcella Hazan's quick tomato sauce with onions.

  • SilverSage  on  April 30, 2015

    No knead bread. Before that the one thing I hated to make was bread. Now it's easy -peasy.

  • ktmeetup  on  April 30, 2015

    This one – Nigella Lawson's Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake. Can't go wrong with chocolate!!

  • cambridgecook  on  April 30, 2015

    Ottolenghi's hummus

  • JulesCk  on  April 30, 2015

    Not sure if I've tried one of these yet- but I've made many others from Food52 and am sure I'll get to these too.

  • kimtrev  on  April 30, 2015

    Alice Medrich's Cocoa Brownies

  • dinnermints  on  April 30, 2015

    I'm going to echo all of the no-kneaders above – that's been massive.

  • stuCooks  on  April 30, 2015

    Genius chocolate cake

  • Julia  on  May 2, 2015

    Marcella's tomato sauce with butter and onion.

  • Deneenm  on  May 3, 2015

    Food52 is hands down my favorite resource for inspiration! would love to add this book to my treasures

  • Sfgordon  on  May 4, 2015

    Not sure if it's changed *the way* I cook so much as changing the frequency with which I make waffles, but Aretha Frankenstein's waffles of insane greatness is one of the small handful of recipes I find myself returning to again and again, and probably the only one I've committed to memory. That said, Marcella Hazan's braised celery is the reason why there is never a sad rotting bunch of celery in the bottom of my crisper, and J Kenji Lopez-Alt's pie crust recipe is jaw-droppingly elegant. Especially when filled with Rose Levy-Berenbaum's blueberry pie filling.

  • VitaminJ  on  May 4, 2015

    Not so much a recipe but a guide: Alton Brown's guidance on how to cook steak better. I've avoided making most red meat at home because I had NO IDEA how to do it, and I didn't want to ruin expensive, beautiful pieces of Alberta beef. But NOW– now I'm cooking thanks to a cast iron pan and some open windows!

  • mfl  on  May 4, 2015

    Simply enough, the kale salad.

  • tmcginty  on  May 5, 2015

    Braised clery!

  • michelle1009  on  May 5, 2015

    I haven't looked through this cookbook yet but it sounds like a lot of great recipes!

  • nomadchowwoman  on  May 5, 2015

    Lazy Mary's Lemon Tart was a revelation–esp. for someone who is scared to death by dessert.

  • MmeFleiss  on  May 6, 2015

    April Bloomfield's porridge recipe. I could eat that every day.

  • sheridarby  on  May 6, 2015

    The recipe for cheats vegetarian Lasagne – quick, easy and deliciois

  • Blowfish  on  May 7, 2015

    I haven't tried any food52 genius recipes yet (that I know of), except Lahey's ano-Knead bread, but a lot of them sound pretty fantastic!

  • LoobyLee  on  May 7, 2015

    Fig cookies are amazing

  • Schlauberger  on  May 7, 2015

    no-knead-bread. I just love breads!

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