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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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 5 Books That Made Vegetables Cool Again

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, cake to cookies, to name a few), and putting…

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, 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, F52ers Reba, Margaret, and Jen sourced, baked, and consumed a very impressive amount of flour and sugar in determining the ultimate cake book.

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We Made 45 Cakes so You Don’t Have to. *This* Is the Best Book on Cake.

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, cake to cookies, to name a few), and putting t…

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, 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 Jen, Margaret, and Reba. Here are their reviews of your five most-loved cake books—and their nail-biting verdict on which one reigned supreme.


When you give three avid home bakers five cake books and tell them to have at it, a few things are guaranteed: They’ll start a spreadsheet within the hour to divvy up tables of contents. They’ll start stockpiling butter, flour, and sugar. They’ll rant over e-mail about decorative chocolate roses. And, most importantly, they’ll devote themselves to the project wholeheartedly.

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The 5 Books You Turn to for a Perfect Cake

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, cake to cookies, to name a few), and putting…

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, 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, F52ers Alison, Melissa, and Theresa cooked through five massive tomes on basics. You can find which one was deemed the most educational, relevant, accessible, organized, and tasty here.

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Your Best Cookbook for Mastering the Basics

This review kicks off our brand-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, cake to cookies, to name a few), and…

This review kicks off our brand-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, 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 Theresa Regan, Alison Mutter, and Melissa Staricha. Here are their reviews (and verdict!) on the best books on basics.


Hello! We are Alison, Melissa, and Theresa, and we reviewed five cookbooks for Food52’s Big Community Book-Off. The books were nominated by you, the readers.

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Looking for a Back-to-Basics Cookbook? Our Community Recommends These 5.

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, cake to cookies, to name a few), and putting…

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, 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 Amie, Sara, and Emmie shared their incredibly robust reviews of your top five bread books of all time. After a month of careful reading, stretching and folding, baking, and baking some more, they determined one—just one!— to be, definitively, responsible for their breaducation.

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This is, Definitively, the Best Bread Book in All the Land

This review kicks off our brand-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, cake to cookies, to name a few), and…

This review kicks off our brand-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, 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 Amie, Sara, and Emmie. Here are their reviews (and judgment!) of the best books on bread—and their nail-biting verdict on which one reigns supreme.


There is a special folly in taking part in a book review project in a Shelter-in-Place situation and a flour and yeast shortage, but the thrill of getting an email from Food52 asking for help deciding the Best Bread Book In All the Land can drive three bakers to extremes.

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