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So what exactly do Amanda & Merrill do all day (when they're not cooking up a storm at our weekly photo shoots)? Our intrepid photographer Sarah Shatz tagged along on a so-called office day (with an unusual number of fun pitstops) to give us all a glimpse.

Amanda with Kids

8:24am Amanda escorts her 4-year-old twins to preschool -- that's Walker on the right, and Addie (who dresses more and more like a mini-Amanda every day) on the left. Sometimes this walk is more of a frantic trot, especially on those drama-filled mornings when the twins are, say, on the verge of missing a field trip to the Brooklyn Museum.

 

10:11am Amanda swings by a panel at the Bowery Whole Foods Market for Social Media Week to drop some knowledge and expressive hand gestures. Co-panelists are chef Marcus Samuelsson, NBC Feast's Ben Leventhal, and Foodspotting's Soraya Dorabi.

 

10:48am Speaking of expressive... it seems Marcus finds Amanda to be delightful panel company.

 

11:00am The panel was followed by a "flash mob" of snapping and uploading food photos -- we were just happy to get some of Marcus' Swedish meatballs.


 

11:10 am Enter Merrill! Just in time to debrief on the panel and power through her second latte of the day.

 

11:40am Story of our lives.

 

12:15pm Lunch with Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don't Get Fat at Millesime to discuss everything from the corporate world to American eating habits. First rule of being a French woman and not getting fat: Drink Champagne on your lunch break.


1:45pm Second rule of being a French woman and not getting fat -- eat desserts! All of them!

 

1:46pm We're not kidding: ALL of them.

 

2:18pm Food comas make it super hard to choose office supplies. Pictured: the coat hook dilemma.

 

2:22pm ... and the trash can dilemma (oh, the glamour of working in a real office -- remember when we used to rendezvous in coffee shops?)

 

2:25pm What office styling decision could be flummoxing them now? Paper clips? Tape dispensers?

 

2:34pm They made it, trash can and all! Note the matching M Z Wallace handbags (for the record, Merrill got hers first).

 

2:40pm Next stop: MUJI for props! (Incidentally, in the fall Amanda also bought her entire book tour wardrobe here.)

 

2:44pm "How good would some Salted Pumpkin Caramels look on this bad boy?" "So good."

 

3:01pm Back to the office! That's our development team: Peter, Jon and Kfir, who are all working around the clock to make the site better. Notice how Peter, ever the techie, holds his apple as if it were a computer mouse.

 

3:13pm Francesca, our Assistant Editor, is immersed in writing a Reciprocity post -- either that or wishing that her makeshift pencil-holder (a City Bakery cup) were instead full of hot chocolate.

 

3:24pm: Amanda dives into the sea of emails, tweets, and foodpickles to catch up.

 

3:35pm: From her corner, Senior Editor Kristen seems skeptical. Note the fifth Apple computer in a row. We should really have an endorsement deal.

 

3:46pm Check out our crazy W-shaped desk configuration. It's great for impromptu collaborating (we won't be cubicle-d!), not so great for squeezing through the gauntlet to grab a tea bag or sugar packet.

 

4:19pm Peter brainstorms while Jon works on an important doodle.

 

4:21pm Kfir is clearly up to no good.

 

4:46pm Our trademarked, extremely high-tech planning board. Custom designed.

 

5:15pm All smiles, Amanda, Merrill and Peter head into the heart of General Assembly, our shared office space (Look at all our cool startup officemates listed on the wall! Who can spot food52?)

 

5:20pm We love mini-meetings in these pods. Mini-naps would be great too.

 

 

5:41pm Last meeting of the day: coffee with Francesca at L.A. Burdick, which we are delighted to have a block from our office.

 

5:45pm But guys, it wouldn't be coffee without some pretty little pastries, right?

 

5:46pm Right!

 

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almost 4 years ago jayne cunniff

I have the same MZ Wallace bag--love it!!! and all your great recipes!!

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almost 4 years ago MLT13

This "day in the life" is one of the many things that makes FOOD52 such fun! Keep it coming!
Thanks for sharing.

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almost 4 years ago TheHealthyApple

This is the cutest post! I love it...such a fun snapshot of your day...Thanks ladies!

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almost 4 years ago megcooks

Help! You forgot to pick up the twins at school!!! (Just kidding . . . you look like a busy mom, but a great mom too!) Great post and great site. Keep it up.

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almost 4 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Looks like a fun place to work. Got any openings for a Grandma who writes about food and wine -- and is a pretty fair cook, too)?

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almost 4 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Looks like a fun place to work. Got any openings for a Grandma who writes about food and wine -- and is a pretty fair cook, too)?

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

I also love the caneles! I once spent 3 weeks making at least 10 versions of caneles to find the perfect recipe. (found it!)

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almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Really??!! Where is it from?

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almost 4 years ago dymnyno

I want the story on Amanda's hat. Is that my ski hat that I lost sometime back in the 80's?

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almost 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Ha! My husband gave it to me for Christmas 2 years ago. It's from furhatworld.com -- not kidding.

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almost 4 years ago mariaraynal

p.s. I love that we're into the fashion as much as the food!

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almost 4 years ago mariaraynal

Love, love, love! Any day that include Champagne, dessert(s) and shopping is a great work day in my book. Though I know there's plenty of non-glam, nose-to-the-grindstone days, too. Excellent feature and great to see the rest of the food52 gang.

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almost 4 years ago Heena

If my work looked like this, I'd never want to leave : ) Can I please be hired?

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almost 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks everyone for your comments -- we're glad you got a chance to see some of the great people who are working hard with us every day. And we promise we don't usually eat dessert all day long. Only sometimes...

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almost 4 years ago Marla

Oh does this post make me miss NYC!! Love the energy these gals have :)

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almost 4 years ago KelseyTheNaptimeChef

What a fun post!! Love the way you incorporate all those great desserts into each day. ;)

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almost 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

It takes a lot of discipline.

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almost 4 years ago wanderash

You ladies are living the dream! Fun post. Thanks for sharing an inside peek into Food52. I'm going nuts over the purses!! Amanda is that the Jane? What color is it??? I am coveting it!!!

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almost 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks -- it's the "Kate" and the color is "storm" although it reminds me much more of a mushroom color, part gray, part brown.

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almost 4 years ago Oui, Chef

I think Addie needs a hat like her mom's! Thanks for the glimpse into the inner workings of Food52, it's a treat to see all those working hard to make this community a success. Keep up the good work, and shopping, and eating, and looking glamorous for the camera..... - S

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almost 4 years ago Rivka

Wow, you ladies are glamorous. Love this post.

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almost 4 years ago Elycooks

I don't know why I still retain the mental image of Food52 being comprised of A & M and one ass't working from Amanda's apartment. How many peeps do you have on staff? Loved this post BTW.

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almost 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks! Yes, we used to work out of my apartment and cafes. Finally have an actual place for our file boxes! And now lots more great people to work with -- you can read about them all here: http://www.food52.com/blog...

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almost 4 years ago Elycooks

WOW, what a team! I humbly stand corrected. What a divine place to work.

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almost 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I want a pod for Christmas!

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almost 4 years ago Sasha (Global Table Adventure)

This is the most adorable post ever. I love it, all the way from the twins going to school to the giant mugs of coffee. A big wave hello to your whole techie team - awesome to see everyone's faces :)