Here’s How We’re Spreading Extra Cheer This Year—& How You Can Help

Every year, the holidays give us a time to think about all the things we’re grateful for: Our cherished family and friends; our vibrant communities; and the good food we lovingly cook and enjoy. This year more than ever, we’re counting our own blessing…

Every year, the holidays give us a time to think about all the things we're grateful for: Our cherished family and friends; our vibrant communities; and the good food we lovingly cook and enjoy. This year more than ever, we're counting our own blessings, and taking extra care to spread joy, cheer, and kindness to those around us. And we know that we can always count on you—our incredible community of home cooks and homebodies—to give back alongside us.

Year in and year out, you've participated in our annual Holiday Swap, which supports a charity partner dear to us while bringing Food52ers even closer together at this special time of year. In 2020, we've once again partnered with No Kid Hungry for that initiative, and we couldn't be more thankful for your chipping in to make that support go even further.

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We Found the Best Instant Pot Cookbook

This review is part of our community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we’re finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and putti…

This review is part of our community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we’re finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and putting them through a series of rigorous reviews—considered, tested, and written by none other than you. And so, let’s hand it off to our community members Sarah, Robin, and Rosa. Here are their reviews of your five favorite Instant Pot books—and their nail-biting verdict on which one reigned supreme.


We came about our love for the Instant Pot in different ways. Sarah wanted to know if the Instant Pot was everything it was hyped up to be, and if it could save valuable cooking time between busy work shifts. Rosa bought the Instant Pot because a certain Instant Pot cookbook made her finally say, “yes!” Robin, like many of you, wanted the ability to cook time-intensive meals faster without sacrificing the integrity of the dishes, and to shave hours off meal prep.

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What’s the Greatest Snacking Cake of All Time? You Tell Us.

Many of us are preparing for a Thanksgiving holiday that might be unlike any we have experienced before (as evidenced by the addition of the term “micro Thanksgiving” into our vernacular). But even a small or socially distanced celebration can be an e…

Many of us are preparing for a Thanksgiving holiday that might be unlike any we have experienced before (as evidenced by the addition of the term "micro Thanksgiving" into our vernacular). But even a small or socially distanced celebration can be an effort in the kitchen. As you recover from turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie this weekend and you start to crave something a little sweet with out too much effort—think snacking cakes!

In our current recipe contest, we would love to see your best snacking cake recipe that:

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The Very Best Way to Sharpen Your Knives

The world’s sharpest knives probably belong to newlyweds. That’s because it’s all downhill from there—the more you cook, the duller your most important tool becomes. It’s only through regular maintenance that chefs and home cook…

The world’s sharpest knives probably belong to newlyweds. That’s because it’s all downhill from there—the more you cook, the duller your most important tool becomes. It's only through regular maintenance that chefs and home cooks keep their blades sharp.

So how often should you aim for? Well, the short answer is whenever they start to feel dull—which can vary depending on the quality of your knives and how often you use them. Can your knife cut a tomato cleanly? If not, it's time to sharpen it. You can also use the paper test: Hold a sheet of printer paper up and try to slice it vertically. If you have trouble hacking through the paper, your knife could stand to be sharper. For most home cooks, this will be two to three times a year.

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Vada Pav Is the Perfect Vegetarian Sandwich

In Chaat, just released in October, Maneet Chauhan and Jody Eddy take you all over India. The cookbook is divided into four sections: The North, The West, The South, The East. Which means you can travel from Amritsar to Mumbai to Chennai to Kolkata—all…

In Chaat, just released in October, Maneet Chauhan and Jody Eddy take you all over India. The cookbook is divided into four sections: The North, The West, The South, The East. Which means you can travel from Amritsar to Mumbai to Chennai to Kolkata—all by reading and cooking and never leaving your house.

In the excerpt below, Chauhan speaks to the vast, vibrant range of chaat in Indian markets, train stations, and homes. Also included, three recipes from the book: Vada Pav, a dreamy potato sandwich; Panch Phoron, a five-spice blend; and Khaman Dhokla, a super-popular street snack. Which will you make first?

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Your 5 Favorite Books for Dinner in An Instant

This post is part of our new community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we’re finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and put…

This post is part of our new community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we're finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and putting them through a series of rigorous reviews—considered, tested, and written by none other than you.


Last month, community members Ruth, Erin, and Shereen subjected many, many vegetables to stem-to-tip testing, in search of the category’s best.

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You’re Invited to Food52’s Holiday Swap—2020-Style

For 11 years, Food52 has been a gathering place for people who believe food is the center of a life well-lived. We support and connect home cooks of all stripes; share the handiest tools for every room in the home; and work with writers from around the…

For 11 years, Food52 has been a gathering place for people who believe food is the center of a life well-lived. We support and connect home cooks of all stripes; share the handiest tools for every room in the home; and work with writers from around the world to bring back delicious recipes and heartwarming stories.

Our community is the backbone of Food52 and has been since the start—but is especially important this year. While we can't necessarily be with friends and loved ones in person, we can connect with and celebrate them in other ways, and spread a little joy while we're at it. Food52ers are experts at this.

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Your Very Best Snack Cakes, Right This Way

Cakes for anytime!

As a global pandemic wages on and many of us work to balance our jobs (virtually or away from home), manage virtual learning for kids, and care for loved ones, it is an ideal time to think about a low-stress, sweet pick-me-up for an…

Cakes for anytime!

As a global pandemic wages on and many of us work to balance our jobs (virtually or away from home), manage virtual learning for kids, and care for loved ones, it is an ideal time to think about a low-stress, sweet pick-me-up for any day or time. This is especially true as we approach the impending holiday season that may look quite different from holidays in years past. Enter the snack cake.

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The #1 Book for All Things Vegetable

This review is part of our community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we’re finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and putti…

This review is part of our community-driven book tournament, The Big Community Book-Off. With your help, we’re finding the best books across categories (from bread to pasta, one-bowl to weeknight-friendly, and cake to cookies, to name a few), and putting them through a series of rigorous reviews—considered, tested, and written by none other than you. And so, let’s hand it off to our community members Erin, Ruth, and Shereen. Here are their reviews of your five favorite vegetable-forward books—and their nail-biting verdict on which one reigned supreme.


When a Food52 editor connected the three of us over email, we quickly figured out what we had in common. Nope, we’re not vegetarians, not one of us. But we’re all obsessed with fresh produce and cook vegetarian much of the time.

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The Oatmeal Cream Pies You Loved as a Kid—Only Better

We’ve teamed up with Planet Oat to highlight the many delicious ways you can enjoy their Oatmilk at home—from adding a splash to your coffee to baking it into sweet treats. Here, we’re sharing an updated take on a childhood classic: oatmeal cream pies …

We’ve teamed up with Planet Oat to highlight the many delicious ways you can enjoy their Oatmilk at home—from adding a splash to your coffee to baking it into sweet treats. Here, we're sharing an updated take on a childhood classic: oatmeal cream pies with chewy-crisp oatmeal cookies and super-fluffy filling.


The original oatmeal cream pies you probably remember snacking on after school (or if you ate alllll your vegetables, after dinner) are the ultimate nostalgic treat. But even the most perfect of desserts could use a little update every now and then. So we're taking all the things you love about the classic—like soft cookies and a fluffy-sweet “creme” filling—and taking them up a notch with a few new ingredients.

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