Food52 – The Cookbook

Last weekend I was delighted to host a book launch party for Amanda Hesser, Merrill Stubbs and 20 Bay area members of the recipe site Food52.  Amanda and Merrill, the co-founders Food52, were in the Bay area promoting the newly released Food52 Cookbook –  a compilation of a year’s worth of winning recipes. Food52 “grew out of an insight that many of the best recipes come from home cooks.” Each week a contest is announced and entries submitted from the F52 community. Amanda, Merrill and the F52 editors whittle the entries down to 2 selections which are then voted on by the entire community. The winning recipe earns a spot in the cookbook. I am more than honored that 4 of my recipes are in the first cookbook.

Aside from publishing recipes, Food52 has evolved into an active and thriving online and offline community, sharing recipes, news, tips and advice while creating long lasting friendships bound together by a love for food and cooking. So, when Amanda and Merrill arrived in San Francisco on their book tour, it was natural that we would gather the Bay area F52 community and enjoy a lunch together. Potluck, of course.

Homemade charcuterie garnished with lots of cheese

Here’s a riddle:
What happens when you gather 20 passionate foodies for a potluck party?
Answer: You are treated to an amazing array of food.

Chicken Pesto Skewers
by Becky (KitchenSolo) – photo by Andrew Gaber

Sausage and Kale Tart – winning recipe by Karen (My Pantry Shelf)
Prepared by Tiffany (Ms. T) – Photo by Andrew Gaber

The only downside to hosting a party like this is I was so busy I didn’t have a moment to take any pictures. Andrew Baber kindly shared this photo of Amanda and Merrill chatting with Shelly Peppel (Food52 News) and Beverly Best. Thanks, Andrew!

16 responses to “Food52 – The Cookbook

  1. Wow, what an amazing potluck party! The food is just splendid.



  2. Wow, what a fun event. All the food looks great. I bet you had fun with all those like minded people. Fabulous.

  3. Still can’t believe I missed it, but your post has done a great job of capturing the magnificence of the food. What a feast!

  4. It was such a wonderful afternoon for all of us! Your charcuterie array was absolutely gorgeous and delicious!!! Very impressive on all counts.

  5. I love that it’s a potluck, less pressure and you try so many new things. You do a cheese and charcuterie plate like nobody else. Looks wonderful.

  6. I love Food 52! How cool is that, having them to lunch. I’ll have to get the cookbook and look for your recipes. What a great experience! That lovely sausage and kale tart caught my eye;)

  7. Great, now I’m starving! Thanks for sharing the photos 🙂 Did you ever meet Amanda and Merrill before?

  8. Wow a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

  9. Congratulations to you all! What an accomplishment. The DC Food52ers had a party this past weekend and I was so sorry to miss it. Merrill looks awfully cute with that pregnant belly…

  10. How cool is that? Congratulations!

  11. Congratulations! I’ll try to take the book!

  12. I LOOOVE this book, such great recipes and so easy to follow!

  13. What a great idea, congrats on 4 of your recipes making it into the book too! Yummy spread.

  14. These Food52 gigs are so much fun. Fiveandspice (Emily) hosted our Boston party a few weeks back sans A&M, but we hope to be seeing them when they tour through Boston in a few weeks. The food was fab (I made the kale and sausage tart too), and we all had so much fun getting to know one another.

  15. That is the best looking potluck that I have seen. It must have been a tasty day.

  16. I have that book in my wish list at, and have moved it twice to the shopping cart, but felt guilty about yet another cookbook arriving home (sigh)

    wonderful get together, everything looks amazing!