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enbe  Secret Santa

There are corners of the food world where it's a dirty word: "vegetarian". But we at Food52 respect and support those who opt not to eat Bambi. Or Thumper. Or any of their friends. On the lookout for cooks who support the cause, we came upon enbe, to whom we herald a vegetal salute for her simple and fresh style. Here's a cook to watch, especially if you prefer your meat on the side. One bowl of Vegetarian Chili, thank you.

A native Brooklynite (we love those), enbe has a self-proclaimed "decadent side" (let's see those sweets!), but with a simultaneous interest in evolutionary biology, which she studies as a grad student. And to us, she generously offers an array of plant possibilities: Prickly Pear Tacos, Lemony Peppery Asparagus Pasta (wait for spring, folks) and Grilled Peanut Tofu for the hardcore among us.

In that same spirit of giving she's led the charge this holiday season on the Food52 Holiday Gift Swap. We are charmed: "Let's face it," enbe says, "making, eating and talking about food is an essential part of many of my friendships." It shows.

Learn more about enbe here and check out her profile Q&A below:

What do you cook when home alone?
Simple pasta with butter and parmesan

Your most treasured kitchen possession:
My tiny spoon collection - I have espresso spoons (nice antique ones, and fun modern ones) that I've been collecting for as long as I can remember.

The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
Enough to introduce new people

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Comments (29)


almost 4 years ago enbe

Well this is embarrassing! How do I spend all of my days on Food52 and somehow miss this honor! Thank you all :) This is why I love Food52!


almost 4 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Congratulations Enbe! Great to see the spotlight on you!


almost 4 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Congratulations! I am looking forward to the secret santa.


almost 4 years ago mcs3000

Congrats, Enbe! So excited about the gift swap - genius. Thank you!


almost 4 years ago Jaynerly

Yay, congratulations enbe!!


almost 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Lauding you - for secret santa, and all else. I so wished I lived in the States...


almost 4 years ago Fairmount_market

Congratulations Enbe. Nice to meet a fellow biologist and food enthusiast.


almost 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations, enbe! A well deserved spotlight. You've shared lovely recipes and I'm very excited for the Secret Santa swap.


almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Hooray! Enbe!


almost 4 years ago Bevi

Congrats ENBE, and thanks for the Secret Santa launch!


almost 4 years ago wssmom



almost 4 years ago wssmom

Wonderful spotlight, so delighted to see this and thanks again sooo much for co-ordinating the Secret Santa!!!


almost 4 years ago lapadia

Three cheers to you, Enbe! Well deserved spotlight and thanks for the Secret Santa idea :)


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Hooray! Cheers, Enbe! So great to see you in the spotlight. Adding to the chorus of fans, your Secret Santa idea is a brilliant one, and I am really looking forward to it.


almost 4 years ago creamtea

Congratulations! Lovely to have you in the spotlight!


almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Yay! Great spotlight! I'm really excited about the Secret Santa Swap; thank you for planning and organizing it.


almost 4 years ago SKK

Enbe, you are the gift!


almost 4 years ago enbe

Thanks :)


almost 4 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

enbe, you're my hero. Thank you for suggesting and then organizing the Secret Santa. You're the best, and we all love you!! ;o)


almost 4 years ago enbe

Thanks :) I've been an avid Food52-er for years now but never add recipes much because, let's face it, I'd rather make everyone else's. I'm glad I can finally contribute.


almost 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Oh Enbe, so happy to see you in the spotlight, you are a rock star. Thank you so much for coordinating the secret santa!!


almost 4 years ago enbe

Thank you! I'm glad to help.


almost 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Oh, wow, very well deserved! Your Secret Santa idea is sheer genius, and lots of us are going to have lots of fun, thanks to you.


almost 4 years ago enbe

Thank you! When you have a name like Noelle, you're destined to be over-the-top about holiday cheer (or want to hide under the rock at the first tunes of "The First Noel" I guess). Glad to spread the joy.