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FOOD52 Wins Publication of the Year

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Photograph by Ken Goodman

On Friday, FOOD52 was named Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.

Whoop! W00T! Hooray!

Just as New York would be nothing without its inhabitants, FOOD52 would be nothing without you, our community. We built this site, but you came and made it what it is. You poured out your hearts and your delicious recipes. You gave helpful tips and answered people's cooking dilemmas. You got together to make preserves and mozzarella. In short, you came here to help create a wonderful cooking site, and we're so pleased, so thrilled, and so grateful that the James Beard Foundation saw what was happening here and gave us two handsome and shiny medals for it. We thank you all and congratulate you on what we've accomplished together!

We'd also like to thank the huge number of people who have supported us and worked with us from the beginning -- our recipe testers, photographers, amazing interns, editors, writers, advisors, designers, developers, videographers, investors, friends, and very patient families.

We're still in the early days of FOOD52, and we have so many exciting projects in the works. We look forward to the next year -- to cooking with all of you, to learning from you, and to making this the best cooking site we can imagine!

- Amanda & Merrill

(And you can see some clips from the awards ceremony -- including A&M's thank you speech -- below.)

Tags: food52, james beard foundation, awards, press, thank you, community

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almost 3 years ago lastnightsdinner

food52 has changed my life. That's it, plain and simple. Thank you, and big, big congratulations.


almost 3 years ago garlic&lemon

Congratulations, richly deserved!! I am so busy that I just got to my e-mail this morning and saw this wonderful news. Food52 is one of the FEW sites I check with any regularity. I often wish I had the time to visit more or to share recipes. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for they many ways that you offer for us to share.


almost 3 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Congratulations ladies! Well done!


almost 3 years ago ctgal

A big congratulations!! I am a loyal fan and totally agree that you and your team deserve this award!


almost 3 years ago Brussels Sprouts for Breakfast

Many, many congrats, ladies!! Well deserved!


almost 3 years ago beyondcelery

Congratulations! WooHoo!


almost 3 years ago softenbrownsugar

That is truly wonderful Amanda & Merrill!
I'll bet the feelings you had when you heard you had won this terrific prize were indescribable!
You definitely deserve it!
What fun!


almost 3 years ago digitalfoodie

You are both an incredible inspiration. Congratulations! So well deserved.


almost 3 years ago okadots

Congrats!!! xo


almost 3 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

Hearty handshakes and warm hugs all around. This is an exceptional place to play with our food, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of this community. Thank you A&M. xoxox


almost 3 years ago EmilyC

Congratulations to you and the entire Food52 team on such a well-deserved honor. I'm so happy to be part of this amazingly diverse, creative, and inviting community. Here's to many more accolades in the weeks/years ahead!


almost 3 years ago Oui, Chef

This award could not be more well deserved, congratulations to you and the whole Food52 team!


almost 3 years ago ellenl



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almost 3 years ago Bob

Brava, Amanda, Merill and the Food 52 staff and compliments for your innovative work in the culinary arts.


almost 3 years ago gingerroot

Congratulations! So richly deserved and I'm so thankful to be a part of this community. Here’s to whatever the future holds, although inevitably it will include good food and drink, great friends, and laughs along the way.


almost 3 years ago Fairmount_market

Congratulations! A well-deserved honor.


almost 3 years ago mcs3000



almost 3 years ago mcs3000



almost 3 years ago Beautiful, Memorable Food

Congratulations! So well deserved for building so much more than a publication. I am so glad to be part of this community!


almost 3 years ago Ms. T

Wooohooo! Congratulations. It's such a fun and rewarding community to be a part of.


almost 3 years ago Allison Cay Parker

Congratulations to you both. You built it, people came, and... it's richly deserved recognition. So proud to have been even a small part of the journey from there to here. And here's to the path ahead. Can't wait to see what's next at Food52. ~ Allison


almost 3 years ago Kukla

Congratulations Amanda, Merrill and the whole team!!! I am honored to be a member of our wonderful food52 family, yes family and not just community. Your great everyday work received well deserved recognition. I am sure this is only the beginning of many more awards. Bravo!!!


almost 3 years ago Anitalectric

Anita is a vegan pastry chef & founder of Electric Blue Baking Co. in Brooklyn.

Hooray! Congrats to everyone on the team. This is so exciting to be a part of. xo


almost 3 years ago LLStone

A very hearty and sincere congratulations to Amanda, Merrill, and the entire team! Celebrate! I'm a Food52er and a big fan!


almost 3 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

Congratulations! This is wonderful!


almost 3 years ago latoscana

Brava! Brava!


almost 3 years ago Sallynana9

Congratulations! Love this site! Thanks so much!


almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment! Here's to continued success, good food, and good friends: Cheers!


almost 3 years ago SEW

Congratulations! Awesome site, awesome community, wonderful photography (let's face it, if I can't see what it should look like, I'm lost), this site brought me back to cooking....and my sons thank you too!


almost 3 years ago creamtea

Yay you! Congratulations! You've earned your just desserts!


almost 3 years ago Vivian Henoch

Bravo and congrats. I find this site - the source- always entertaining as well as informative. and the book itself is wonderfful... I bought it to give as a gift.


almost 3 years ago cheese1227

So pleased that you've been recognized for this. You've changed the landscape, ladies.


almost 3 years ago Cookie16

Omg! What an incredible honor! I can't say I'm surprised! You ladies have created something unique here, truly top notch! And we all love it dearly.

Congratulations! :)


almost 3 years ago CinfulAZ

Congratulations, you've earned it! Thank you for your time and effort and all you put in to creating something so many of us love and use regularly.


almost 3 years ago K.N.Vinod

Amanda and Merill - Two amazing ladies - Very well deserved!


almost 3 years ago TasteFood

Woohoo! It takes a vision - and a village! Congratulations Food52!


almost 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

How awesome are you ALL - the works, all of Food52 - Inspring lot. Lots of love and many congratulations


almost 3 years ago SKK



almost 3 years ago mariaraynal

This is so great -- really just so happy for the whole Food52 team and the wonderful community of people who make it my "food home" on the web. Keep up the creativity, entrepreurial spirit and dash of wicked fun!


almost 3 years ago coffeequeen

Wonderful. And well preserves.


almost 3 years ago One Hungry Mama

awesome and congrats!!


almost 3 years ago PistachioDoughnut

Congratulations and Celebrations!


almost 3 years ago jacksonholefoodie

A&M, thank you for being champions for home cooks everywhere! Food52 has changed so much about how I cook, and how I think about food. It definitely has enriched my life.


almost 3 years ago jenniebgood

I am so thrilled for you, Amanda, Merrill, the F52 crew and the entire community of cooks that contributed to the first book! Congrats to all of you. From the moment I discovered this site it quickly became my "go to" source for all things food-related- recipes, ideas, articles, feedback. I hope you will be around for a long time. Can't wait to see what comes next!


almost 3 years ago Annelle

Congratulations and well deserved!


almost 3 years ago Miranda Rake

Miranda is a contributor at Food52.

Amazing and so, so deserved!


almost 3 years ago Hilarybee

Amazing. I love being part of Food52, sharing with wonderful people, learning new ways to cook and eat. Food52 has been a confidence builder for me, and the positive feedback from the site was one of the reasons I started a small food cottage industry.


almost 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations! And from the bottom of my heart, thank you. This site has changed my life.


almost 3 years ago Bevi

How wonderful for you both. You deserve so much credit not only for what you have done on this site, but for being the vessel from which we have found inspiration, challenge, and - for me the most important benefit - a host of new friends of like minds. Thank you so very much!


almost 3 years ago Amy Pennington

WOW - I'm late to the party but CONGRATULATIONS. I'm thrilled and honored to be a contributor. oxo


almost 3 years ago fuhsi

That's awesome (and not a surprise), congratulations!


almost 3 years ago ENunn

P.S. You both look absolutely gorgeous.


almost 3 years ago ENunn

Congratulations, Amanda and Merrill--you've given us all a great community on top of the best publication of the year--or EVER. Thank you so much for all your inspiration and hard work. Cliches, I know, but I can't think of a better way to say it. Food52 is groundbreaking and life-changing. xo


almost 3 years ago BocaCindi

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Best cooking-site blog on the Internet. Fabulous job! Congrats to all the staff and to all those recipe testers. You make my day!


almost 3 years ago Waverly

A well-deserved award!! Congratulations! all of Food52 but especially to Amanda and Merrill.


almost 3 years ago Scribbles

Congrats! I have so loved this site: the terrific recipes, great writing and amazing people so willing to share. I celebrate the day I discovered this site. Here's to many more years of cooking motivation!!


almost 3 years ago Burnt Offerings

I couldn't be more thrilled and prouder for you two, and for all the wonderful people who work so hard behind the scenes at Food52. It really is a testament to the hard work and vision you guys inspire, but it also says SO, SO much about the importance of community. Everyone at Food52 is so accessible, responsive, and really truly care what the community thinks and wants. The fact that you strive every day to make a site that engages people in cooking and feeding others, while still trying to be "cutting edge" in a brave new world of virtual business models, really speaks volumes to your entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity. I am honored to be a part of this incredibly vibrant community and look forward to its future.


almost 3 years ago Pammorgan

Congratulations to the both of you. Your writing is superb and I love
reading your blog. You are an inspiration to food lovers everywhere!!


almost 3 years ago Kate Gridley

Congratulations!! And keep up the energy -- this site is wonderful.


almost 3 years ago deanna1001

Yea...hurray! So right. Congrats to you and the whole community! Nice to be recognized.


almost 3 years ago WinnieAb

So thrilled for you!


almost 3 years ago Lauren's Plate

A& new favorite go girl(s)!!!!!


almost 3 years ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Amanda and Merril, congratulations and well done, you SO deserve it! It's been so inspiring to be with you two girls all this time!


almost 3 years ago DAVILCHICK

So proud of you guys! Congrats! Well done and well deserved!! Keep up the great work!


almost 3 years ago Sweeney

Congratulations and thank you for FOOD52!!! Love it so much.


almost 3 years ago Foodelf

What an achievement - we're all so proud of you. Congratulations and thank you for Food52!!


almost 3 years ago Aurora

SO GREAT. Congratulations to you both!!


almost 3 years ago bjk527

This is one of my favorite sites, good to know others think so too.
Job well done. Congratulations.


almost 3 years ago BirdMonk

Congratulations! Well deserved!


almost 3 years ago Giulia Melucci

What good news! Congratulations!


almost 3 years ago Giulia Melucci

What good news! Congratulations!


almost 3 years ago Giulia Melucci

What good news! Congratulations!


almost 3 years ago Ileana Morales Valentine | a little saffron

So awesome. Congratulations!


almost 3 years ago Shalini

This is to incredible, and we share in your happiness! Amazing ladies!


almost 3 years ago Shalini

This is so incredible, and we share in your happiness! Amazing ladies!


almost 3 years ago thirschfeld

I think what says it all for me is how down to earth Food52 is and to prove my point just look at the very top of this page and the previous post. Disco Fries!


almost 3 years ago calendargirl

P.S. Lurve the purple-tinged photo!


almost 3 years ago calendargirl

Brava and hearty congratulations! And how grand that the James Beard Foundation recognized your genius in creating Food52 and that it is a publication. Brilliant!


almost 3 years ago Panfusine

CONGRATULATIONS!!! so totally well deserved!


almost 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

YAY!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!! Everybody deserves credit, but you guys really do deserve to win big for the way you've fostered the spirit of this site. It's mind-boggling and wonderful and I'm beyond thrilled for you that the James Beard Foundation recognized the sheer awesomeness of it!


almost 3 years ago Hungry Souls



almost 3 years ago Tammy

Yay, congrats!!!! What an amazing honor!


almost 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yahoo and Congratulations! You have created a community that has enriched all of our lives and for that we thank you!!! So well deserved!


almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Amanda and Merrill, you are both the driving force behind this incredible website, you and everyone of the great cooks on this site have enriched my life. The medal and recognition is well deserved, thank you to you both and your wonderful and talented staff for the outlet that has made me a better cook and provided so much fun and creativity.


almost 3 years ago meganvt01

Congratulations! So well deserved - you have created an absolutely incredible publication (that is so much more than just a publication).


almost 3 years ago K.N.Vinod

Congratulations to two amazing ladies - Amanda and Merill. Keep it up. Very well deserved!