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Waverly  Tuna Pan Bagnat

It took all we had while writing up this cook in the spotlight to suppress the urge to get all punny with Waverly's username. Why? Because she is truly unwavering in her recipe writing -- solid as a rock, this cook wavers not. Okay, we'll stop, but all this is just to say that here is a cook you can trust. With numerous recipes entered in contests, many of which have claimed gold, silver and Wildcard status (not to mention her roster of Editors' Picks), Waverly's adept use of ingredients and close attention to nutrition and taste seem fitting given her legal background and now full-time role as mother.

Her winning dishes are Food52 household names: Morel Crostini and Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Sandwich. But then, there is Grilled Baby Fennel with Lemon and Pecorino (healthy!) and Raspberry Kirsch Gelato with Pistachios (whoa, there!), Quesadillas Blancas Con Salsa Verde and Carne Asada Con Rajas. Just as Waverly turns to Julia's The Way To Cook, turn to her for her unwavering mantra (as professed on her blog): "Life is better when you eat together."

Read our profile Q&A with Waverly below, check out her blog Peace and Love in the Kitchen, and follow her on Twitter here.

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    octopus in ink - at a very fine restaurant in Mexico City. I was 7, and I've never forgotten it.

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Scrambled eggs and a mixed green salad with vinaigrette

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    I can't get through the day without my jura capresso espresso machine

  • Your ideal meal:
    Spiced and grilled lamb chops with risotto served with spinach salad with feta and vinaigrette

  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    I would love to eat my way through Paris and Rome!

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:

  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    Dirty kitchens get under my skin

  • Your favorite cookbook:
    The Way to Cook by Julia Child....if I have to choose just one.

In the spotlight last week? Ms. T!

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Comments (27)


almost 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations, Waverly! A well-deserved spotlight. Your recipes are lovely and your blog is beautiful (I love your 3 Bowls)!


almost 4 years ago arielleclementine

yahoo for Waverly! congrats on the spotlight!


almost 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Unwavering in Waverly. I love your recipes....and you blog!


almost 4 years ago Waverly

Thank you!


almost 4 years ago Fairmount_market

Congratulations Waverly. And you have a lovely blog!


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Yay, Waverly! What a great spotlight, I really love your recipes.


almost 4 years ago Dixie-mom

Waverly is the real deal--as authentic as they come. Great choice to highlight!


almost 4 years ago greasy cook!

Congrats Wave! We are all so proud of you!


almost 4 years ago SKK

Wonderful spotlight! I enjoy your blog and the photos and love your grilled fennel recipe (among others!)


almost 4 years ago lapadia

Congrats, it's your day to "shine", Waverly! Enjoy...


almost 4 years ago Waverly

Wow! I am so flattered! Thank you everyone. I am lovin this place!


almost 4 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Congratulations Waverly! Love the Q & A! It was great reading about you. Will go over and check out your blog as well! Great job!


almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Eager to check out your blog and follow you on twitter - you deserve a HUGE spotlight!


almost 4 years ago nannydeb

Cool! Congratulations Waverly!


almost 4 years ago wssmom

Hi Waverly!! Love your recipes, especially the grilled fennel!!


almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

So nice to see you in the spotlight, Waverly. Congratulations!


almost 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

YAY WAVERLY! Love seeing you in a very well deserved spolight! Hey - come visit us again, willya?


almost 4 years ago nannydeb

Book release party Oct 29th @ 3pm!


almost 4 years ago Waverly

I always up for a trip to Austin.


almost 4 years ago Waverly

I am always up for a trip to Austin.


almost 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

What a beautiful spotlight. That Pan Bagnat is the bomb,


almost 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations on the spotlight! Your recipes are wonderful and loved the Q&A!


almost 4 years ago Midge

So nice to see you spotlighted, Waverly. Reminds me to make your delicious pan bagnat again!


almost 4 years ago EmilyC

Congrats on the spotlight, Waverly! I love your recipes and your blog!