Your Fave Food52 Shows Are Now Streaming on a TV Near You

We’ve teamed up with Planet Oat—makers of creamy, dreamy Oatmilk—to spread the word about our brand-new streaming channel. (Psst: You can download it right now!)

Whether you’re a longtime Genius fan (have you heard about Kristen’s podcast?) or new t…

We've teamed up with Planet Oat—makers of creamy, dreamy Oatmilk—to spread the word about our brand-new streaming channel. (Psst: You can download it right now!)


Whether you're a longtime Genius fan (have you heard about Kristen's podcast?) or new to the Food52 world (welcome!), we're excited to share some big news with you: We're launching a streaming channel.

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Wet Markets Are Essential to Thai Cooking. So Why Are They Disappearing?

In the harrowing early days of the pandemic, Prin Polsuk, a preeminent chef and scholar of Thai cuisine, could source many of his ingredients directly from farms and suppliers outside of Bangkok. But still, he visited Khlong Toei, one of the largest we…

In the harrowing early days of the pandemic, Prin Polsuk, a preeminent chef and scholar of Thai cuisine, could source many of his ingredients directly from farms and suppliers outside of Bangkok. But still, he visited Khlong Toei, one of the largest wet markets in Thailand, almost every day.

“The market makes me feel alive,” he tells me over a choppy video call, his youthful face framed by salt-and-pepper scruff. “I go there to get inspired.”

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The Riotous Success of King Arthur Baking Company

It is somewhat difficult to identify the great successes of 2020 (especially given that this year thus far has proven that time is nothing but a construct). But that doesn’t mean that even in the pandemic-fueled last several months, there aren’t indivi…

It is somewhat difficult to identify the great successes of 2020 (especially given that this year thus far has proven that time is nothing but a construct). But that doesn’t mean that even in the pandemic-fueled last several months, there aren’t individual success stories. One of them, of course, is that everyone you know (or rather, everyone you follow on Instagram), has suddenly become a bonafide home baker. And chances are, it’s thanks to King Arthur Baking Company, who has managed to turn their 2020 into a success of their own.

For King Arthur Baking (whose recent name change from King Arthur Flour is meant to better reflect its commitment to all things baking), this year marks 230 years of operation. Over the last two-plus centuries, the company has become synonymous with tasty baked goods and delightful risen treats. But this year has been a uniquely successful one for the brand under the leadership of CEO Karen Colberg.

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How Community Fridges Are Fighting Food Insecurity

On a sidewalk, in a corner of Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, there sits a fridge. It hums quietly—indicating it’s working, and not abandoned. The fridge is painted purple and sports a face with arched green eyebrows and a playful curl down its forehead. Beneath…

On a sidewalk, in a corner of Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, there sits a fridge. It hums quietly—indicating it’s working, and not abandoned. The fridge is painted purple and sports a face with arched green eyebrows and a playful curl down its forehead. Beneath the face, a written message: “Free food for all! Take some, leave some, keep it clean!” Inside, on its shelves, is fresh produce, left there by caring neighbors, supportive passersby, or bought with donations made to Playground Coffee Shop, a community-minded cafe run by Zenat Begum. Everything inside the fridge is free.

In a little over a week, Begum and her team of Playground employees, volunteers, and friends have set up almost 10 such fridges across Brooklyn—the majority in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, and Sunset Park. The premise is simple: functioning fridges, usually sourced through Craigslist, filled with fresh fruits and vegetables for the taking. “We’re only encouraging people to give fresh produce because that’s what the war is on,” Begum tells me over the phone. Most of the fridges are also set up near local independent businesses, in the hopes that they’ll also receive some of the attention the fridges attract. “We’re using our own sidewalks to do this because that’s where the people are at.”

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The Secret to Keeping Lemons Fresher, Longer

At all times of year—be it in the balmy heat of summer or the brutal slog of winter—citrus provides an electric, refreshing respite. Behind a thick peel, sharp and vibrant wedges are seasonal starbursts.

I, for one, never pause to order an orange from…

At all times of year—be it in the balmy heat of summer or the brutal slog of winter—citrus provides an electric, refreshing respite. Behind a thick peel, sharp and vibrant wedges are seasonal starbursts.

I, for one, never pause to order an orange from an outdoor fruit vendor, its insides made cold and unexpectedly refreshing by icebox temperatures. I always have spare oranges for snacking and lemons/limes for squeezing into salad dressings or bringing light to avocados in my kitchen. They roll around my crisper drawer or across my countertop, and sometimes get lost behind the jars at the top of my fridge. I forget about them and, as if in response to my negligence, they spite me by shriveling up.

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Pancake Cereal Is the Breakfast Trend We Didn’t Know We Needed

I was raised on Scooby-Doo, cereal, and 70s music. These days, only one of those things seems relevant to my life. Cartoons gave way to better television and I traded in Cap’n Crunch for two fried eggs or a bowl of oatmeal. Honestly, it’s been a while …

I was raised on Scooby-Doo, cereal, and 70s music. These days, only one of those things seems relevant to my life. Cartoons gave way to better television and I traded in Cap'n Crunch for two fried eggs or a bowl of oatmeal. Honestly, it’s been a while since I gave cereal any serious consideration.

That is until this week, when cereal made its way back into popular culture (and my consciousness). How else, but via TikTok, the popular video app that’s taken on new levels of frenzy now that we’re even more connected to our phones than before.

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Farmworkers Are Essential, but Their Rights Don’t Reflect That

From the windows of my apartment in Brooklyn, I’ve been watching the odd things—a person in a full hazmat suit walking their dog—but also the constant things.

A huge FreshDirect delivery truck pulls up on my block at least once per day, and food deliv…

From the windows of my apartment in Brooklyn, I’ve been watching the odd things—a person in a full hazmat suit walking their dog—but also the constant things.

A huge FreshDirect delivery truck pulls up on my block at least once per day, and food delivery workers—hustling on foot, moped, or bicycle—continue to provide my and countless other neighborhoods in New York with their desired meals, despite the danger of coming into contact with so many households.

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Restaurants Support Our Communities—Here’s How We Can Support Them

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


Hugh Acheson is still cooking. Though he had to lay off 100 hourly workers in March, while closing one of his Georgia restaurants and pivoting the other to takeout only, the chef and author will never not cook. In fact, Acheson was cooking while we spoke on the phone last week. But I’m not going to tell you what he was making, because that matters less than the act itself.

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Here’s Why All the Yeast Is Sold Out Right Now

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit editor and former Food52 staff writer, tweeted earlier this week about a noticeable lack of yeast in stores, as did food writer Aaron Hutcherson, who also noted an absence of flour.

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Dispatch From Paris: A Certain Dish for Uncertain Times

When people ask what it’s like living in Paris, as a native New Yorker my answer is always the same: The average workday is just the slightest bit shorter. Like when the bartender tops off your wine glass with the last sip in the bottle—that little bit…

When people ask what it's like living in Paris, as a native New Yorker my answer is always the same: The average workday is just the slightest bit shorter. Like when the bartender tops off your wine glass with the last sip in the bottle—that little bit makes all the difference. The French prioritize time for socializing. In New York, plans with friends have to be made at least a week in advance (and let’s face it: we sigh with relief when they’re canceled), whereas in France, meeting for an apéro after work is as natural as picking up groceries on the way home.

It came as no surprise, then, when in the early days of the novel coronavirus, the French mildly resisted the call for social distancing. I first heard about it while visiting family in New York: photos of defiant Parisians perusing open-air markets and gathering in public parks. “It’s a point of French pride,” I’d tell people back home, in a way proud of my adopted home and its residents’ commitment to preserving their way of life. At this point, their resistance still seemed quaint.

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