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David Ellner, founder of the Panna Cooking App (and a Giveaway!)

By • January 8, 2013 • 21 Comments


We're sitting down with our favorite writers and cooks to talk about their upcoming cookbooks, their best food memories, and just about anything else

Today: David Ellner of the cooking app Panna talks with us about his new video-cooking magazine.

The best products come from frustrated consumers. And so is the story of David Ellner, a home cook who became frustrated by not knowing if his dishes, made from cookbooks by chefs, were coming out exactly as they were intended to. There is much more to it -- the fact that he has a background rooted in the music industry, his work on American Idol -- but this story circles back to that one frustration. His solution? To make an app for that. Panna is what resulted -- and praise for it is spreading almost as quickly as artisanal chocolate and small-batch kombucha have in Brooklyn. In what is referred to as the first video-cooking magazine, iPad-owners are invited inside the kitchens of well-known chefs (Anita LoRick Bayless, among many) for a cooking lesson.

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Down & Dirty

Down & Dirty: Cranberries

By • January 4, 2013 • 1 Comment


Today we're learning all about the jewel-like cranberry as it goes from puckeringly sour in the raw to richly sweet when cooked. Native to this continent and a close cousin to blueberries, lingonberries, and huckleberries, the cranberry is so much more than just a Thanksgiving one-off. As American as apple pie? Try as American as cranberry sauce!

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Behind the Scenes

Too Many Cooks: Lucky Foods for the New Year

By • January 4, 2013 • 0 Comments


You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

The New Year may bring resolutions for you -- more kale, less sugar, earlier bedtimes -- or it may be just a new month, a different date. Regardless, you're probably prone to reaching for a new slew of favorite foods, either to keep you warm in the winter cold, or to bring you luck in the clean-slate months ahead. This week, we're talking about our January go-tos when we answer the question: 

What is the first food you turn to in the New Year? Black-eyed peas? Still not finished with Christmas cookies? 


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