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.



  • CarbonToe  on  4/9/2015 at 11:42 AM


  • wester  on  4/9/2015 at 11:44 AM

    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  4/9/2015 at 12:03 PM

    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  4/9/2015 at 12:26 PM

    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. :) 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  4/9/2015 at 1:22 PM

    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  4/9/2015 at 1:22 PM

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

  • tcjanes  on  4/9/2015 at 2:40 PM

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

  • matag  on  4/9/2015 at 2:46 PM

    Cut and use a who.e chicken for the week

  • lilyicious  on  4/9/2015 at 3:22 PM

    Marcella Hazan's Braised Celery

  • Bethcote  on  4/9/2015 at 4:15 PM

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

  • Nsteinen  on  4/9/2015 at 6:00 PM

    Tomato sauce

  • MollyB  on  4/9/2015 at 6:04 PM

    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  4/9/2015 at 6:08 PM

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

  • Clove  on  4/9/2015 at 6:37 PM

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

  • Mariarosa  on  4/9/2015 at 7:10 PM

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

  • tjnelson1hotmail  on  4/9/2015 at 7:44 PM

    Braised Celery

  • amylou61  on  4/9/2015 at 8:29 PM

    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  4/9/2015 at 9:18 PM

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

  • jyms  on  4/10/2015 at 12:54 AM

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

  • contest718  on  4/10/2015 at 1:44 AM

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

  • genericgenre  on  4/10/2015 at 3:52 AM

    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  4/10/2015 at 5:26 AM

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

  • NikkiPixie  on  4/10/2015 at 5:45 AM

    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  4/10/2015 at 6:43 AM

    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  4/10/2015 at 9:20 AM

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

  • nicolthepickle  on  4/10/2015 at 10:31 AM

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

  • Atelford  on  4/10/2015 at 3:54 PM

    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  4/10/2015 at 7:45 PM

    Maybe the no knead many things to choose from

  • Julia  on  4/10/2015 at 10:46 PM

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

  • bevie19  on  4/10/2015 at 11:56 PM

    all the cauliflower ones!

  • MangerTout  on  4/11/2015 at 8:13 AM

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

  • chawkins  on  4/11/2015 at 8:23 AM

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

  • shelleys91  on  4/11/2015 at 3:39 PM

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

  • LouiseSWigg  on  4/11/2015 at 10:42 PM

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

  • marnone14  on  4/12/2015 at 10:53 AM

    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  4/12/2015 at 1:07 PM

    the two ingredient biscuits

  • Grywhp  on  4/12/2015 at 1:51 PM

    One ingredient ice cream

  • stockholm28  on  4/12/2015 at 4:18 PM

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

  • trudys_person  on  4/12/2015 at 5:22 PM

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

  • Katiefayhutson  on  4/12/2015 at 9:26 PM

    Can't wait to read this book.

  • tasteslike  on  4/13/2015 at 1:49 AM

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

  • mfl  on  4/13/2015 at 12:00 PM


  • reno2014  on  4/14/2015 at 4:57 PM

    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  4/16/2015 at 5:28 PM

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

  • kidzcook  on  4/16/2015 at 5:39 PM

    Browned Butter Blondies

  • Deneenm  on  4/16/2015 at 6:06 PM

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

  • aliceinbakingland  on  4/16/2015 at 10:59 PM

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

  • GillB  on  4/17/2015 at 4:17 AM

    oven baked risotto

  • Zosia  on  4/17/2015 at 7:30 AM

    Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce with butter and onion.

  • angiehoggett  on  4/18/2015 at 4:07 PM

    no knead bread

  • dbcurrie  on  4/18/2015 at 4:40 PM

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

  • Analyze  on  4/18/2015 at 8:55 PM

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

  • RoseM  on  4/20/2015 at 5:59 PM

    Marcella's tomato sauce!

  • sillyvy  on  4/21/2015 at 12:45 AM

    one ingredient ice cream!

  • jecca  on  4/21/2015 at 5:43 AM

    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  4/21/2015 at 2:52 PM

    Guess it would be the 4 hour baguette....

  • rchesser  on  4/21/2015 at 2:59 PM

    The no knead bread.

  • tinaellen  on  4/21/2015 at 3:04 PM

    No question: no-knead bread!

  • Rosesrpink50  on  4/22/2015 at 11:56 PM

    No-knead bread!

  • ravensfan  on  4/23/2015 at 1:02 PM

    The spicy sauce recipe. I use it on everything.

  • bdmltm  on  4/23/2015 at 8:00 PM

    Tomato sauce

  • Carpecookie  on  4/24/2015 at 4:28 PM

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

  • pgarcia  on  4/25/2015 at 4:28 PM

    Marcella's tomato sauce!

  • lmalter  on  4/26/2015 at 8:35 PM

    Recipes that taught me to brine chicken or pork before roasting

  • lawnchair7  on  4/26/2015 at 8:39 PM

    Shakshuka. Eggs for dinner!

  • percussion03  on  4/26/2015 at 8:57 PM

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

  • Nancith  on  4/26/2015 at 9:07 PM

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

  • pokarekare  on  4/26/2015 at 9:26 PM

    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  4/26/2015 at 11:37 PM

    No knead bread....but I really need it

  • readingtragic  on  4/27/2015 at 12:30 AM

    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  4/27/2015 at 12:37 AM

    no knead bread.

  • LadyEssex  on  4/27/2015 at 1:36 AM

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

  • Neojess  on  4/27/2015 at 3:35 AM

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

  • kelbooow  on  4/27/2015 at 6:39 AM

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

  • Mimmi  on  4/27/2015 at 6:53 AM

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

  • ljskop  on  4/27/2015 at 7:15 AM

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

  • jpmrifkin  on  4/27/2015 at 8:59 AM

    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  4/27/2015 at 12:12 PM

    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  4/27/2015 at 12:43 PM

    2-ingredient no-fail biscuits!

  • elenajh  on  4/27/2015 at 12:53 PM

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

  • mahtiezzi  on  4/27/2015 at 2:54 PM

    No knead bread! Love it.

  • RaceyR  on  4/27/2015 at 2:58 PM

    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  4/27/2015 at 2:59 PM

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

  • fjain  on  4/28/2015 at 1:27 PM

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

  • sharifah  on  4/28/2015 at 3:46 PM

    No-knead bread

  • rstuart  on  4/28/2015 at 3:56 PM

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

  • cpasek  on  4/28/2015 at 5:44 PM

    No-knead bread!

  • pandapotamus  on  4/29/2015 at 6:47 PM

    no-knead bread!

  • shaedurls  on  4/29/2015 at 7:08 PM

    No knead bread

  • t.t  on  4/29/2015 at 8:32 PM

    Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce with butter and onion

  • RuthGo  on  4/29/2015 at 8:43 PM

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

  • jwlucasnc  on  4/29/2015 at 10:52 PM

    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  4/29/2015 at 11:09 PM

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

  • jennifer852501  on  4/29/2015 at 11:12 PM

    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 :)

  • Larkspur  on  4/29/2015 at 11:14 PM

    And no knead bread too

  • bevie19  on  4/30/2015 at 12:19 AM

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

  • lucyaspray  on  4/30/2015 at 2:54 AM

    Two ingredient pancakes are a game changer for me!!

  • Beckiemas  on  4/30/2015 at 5:06 AM

    Genius chocolate cake. Transformed the kitchen!

  • TRACYAC  on  4/30/2015 at 5:08 AM

    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. :D

  • Trice  on  4/30/2015 at 6:39 AM

    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  4/30/2015 at 7:06 AM

    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  4/30/2015 at 7:57 AM

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

  • annahsgram  on  4/30/2015 at 10:15 AM

    Tomato sauce

  • infotrop  on  4/30/2015 at 11:38 AM

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

  • TwoGrants  on  4/30/2015 at 12:00 PM

    Cauliflower soup!

  • RobertaJ  on  4/30/2015 at 1:25 PM

    Marcella Hazan's quick tomato sauce with onions.

  • SilverSage  on  4/30/2015 at 4:02 PM

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

  • ktmeetup  on  4/30/2015 at 4:18 PM

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

  • cambridgecook  on  4/30/2015 at 4:20 PM

    Ottolenghi's hummus

  • JulesCk  on  4/30/2015 at 5:23 PM

    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  4/30/2015 at 6:05 PM

    Alice Medrich's Cocoa Brownies

  • dinnermints  on  4/30/2015 at 7:44 PM

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

  • stuCooks  on  4/30/2015 at 10:11 PM

    Genius chocolate cake

  • Julia  on  5/2/2015 at 9:26 PM

    Marcella's tomato sauce with butter and onion.

  • Deneenm  on  5/3/2015 at 12:44 PM

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

  • Sfgordon  on  5/4/2015 at 12:07 AM

    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  5/4/2015 at 12:25 PM

    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  5/4/2015 at 12:29 PM

    Simply enough, the kale salad.

  • tmcginty  on  5/5/2015 at 10:31 AM

    Braised clery!

  • michelle1009  on  5/5/2015 at 8:19 PM

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

  • nomadchowwoman  on  5/5/2015 at 11:28 PM

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

  • MmeFleiss  on  5/6/2015 at 12:10 PM

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

  • sheridarby  on  5/6/2015 at 2:19 PM

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

  • Blowfish  on  5/7/2015 at 8:46 AM

    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  5/7/2015 at 12:15 PM

    Fig cookies are amazing

  • Schlauberger  on  5/7/2015 at 2:25 PM

    no-knead-bread. I just love breads!

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