Meet Kristen Miglore on Her Genius Recipes Book Tour

April  7, 2015

The Genius Recipes book is (finally) here! Now meet the author behind the book that will make us all better cooks.


Executive Editor Kristen Miglore started the Genius Recipes column in 2011 with a three-ingredient sorbet that uses the pith of a lemon. It's an eyebrow-raising recipe that's just crazy enough to work. Since then, Kristen has unearthed many other recipes from chefs, bloggers, and cookbook authors that rethink cooking tropes and make us better cooks.

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More: What exactly makes a Genius Recipe genius?  Find out here.

The column then became a book—that's in bookstores today! Well, it wasn't exactly that simple. With the help of all of you, Kristen found 50 new genius recipes to feature in the book and cherry-picked the greatest hits from the column. She wrote about all of them, tested and retested the recipes to confirm that they were foolproof, and then edited the whole book—fueled by fried toast.

There were also photographs involved. Kristen styled all the images in the book while James Ransom photographed. They ate a lot of food, too.

More: Go behind the scenes on the book's cover shoot.

Now that the book is done and out in the world, Kristen is heading out to meet all of you. Come say hi, get a book signed, and give her tips on more genius recipes. She's really nice! (This is not her talking in the third person.)

Here's where to find Kristen:

New York 4/8 | Book signing at Haven's Kitchen, 4 to 6 PM  

New York 4/23 | Genius panel discussion with Deb Perelman, Michael Ruhlman, and Dorie Greenspan at 92nd Street Y, 7 PM

San Francisco 5/4 | Book signing at Omnivore Books, 6:30 to 7:30 PM

Seattle 5/6 | Book signing at Book Larder, 10 AM

Tulsa 5/9 | An Afternoon with Food52 talk and signing 2 PM

Philadelphia 7/14 | Panel discussion (with Merrill!) at Free Library, 7:30 PM

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From our new podcast network, The Genius Recipe Tapes is lifelong Genius hunter Kristen Miglore’s 10-year-strong column in audio form, featuring all the uncut gems from the weekly column and video series. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts so you don’t miss out.

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Silene L. May 29, 2015
I got impatient and bought it on Amazon. It's an awesome cookbook. I have done the chocolate banana bread and it is delicious.
Mis4 April 26, 2015
Hometown girl should come to Sacramrnto and Cameron Park. Her public aw awaits!
cheese1227 April 11, 2015
Just borrowed a copy from a friend while I wait for my signed one. It's a fabulous book. Congrats!
Erika K. April 9, 2015
Seconding the plea: LA? It's just a cheap flight away from SF!
mcs3000 April 8, 2015
See you in SF!
cookinginvictoria April 7, 2015
Kristen, I wish that I could get to Seattle to meet you, but sadly I don't think that I can be there on May 6. But the Book Larder is great -- one of my favorite Seattle haunts. Any chance that your book tour will come to Canada?? In any case, I will be buying a copy of this book ASAP. Cannot wait to see (and make!) all of the gems that you have unearthed. Congrats to you and the rest of the Food52 team on this great accomplishment!
Anne C. April 7, 2015
At last! Wish I could make it to the signing, but I send congratulations.
norene April 7, 2015
I live in Hawaii. When can I purchase the book on line?
hardlikearmour April 7, 2015
I'm shedding a tiny tear, since you won't make it to Portland, and I can't make it to Seattle! I'll be heading to Powell's later today to get my unsigned copy -- can't wait to see what surprise goodies are in it!
Fairmount_market April 20, 2015
Kristen: Powell's would be a great place for a book signing, and Portland is just a hop skip and jump from Seattle! You should add it to your May trip!
Jennifer M. April 7, 2015
Erica April 7, 2015
Jo P. April 7, 2015
Hope to see you in SF!
Angelina April 7, 2015
Can't wait to receive the book! Seems like I have been waiting forever! Chicago would be awesome!
Joan April 7, 2015
I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! I would also LOVE to host a book signing cooking class in the heart of the flyover zone, Minnesota! at Byerly's cooking school. Check out
Alexandra S. April 7, 2015
Oh my gosh, I love Byerly's! My in-laws live in Edina, and my favorite thing to do when I visit, is to go to Byerly's! I didn't know they had a cooking school. I would fly to Minnesota for a book signing at Byerly's :)
Alexandra S. April 7, 2015
Albany? Jk, I so wish I could come down for one of these events. And I am SO excited for my Genius Recipes book to arrive. Must be any day now. Congrats to you and to everyone who worked on the book — loved getting a behind-the-scenes peak at the process. So exciting!!
Jessica C. April 7, 2015
Wish you were coming to Boston!!
BostonDiner April 7, 2015
How about Boston or Cambridge, the home of Julia Child?
robin L. April 7, 2015
Awww come on, come to Chicago too! 8^)
Angelina April 7, 2015
MrsWheelbarrow April 7, 2015
Ahem. Where is Washington, DC on this schedule? The guest room will be waiting.
morecheese April 7, 2015
Yes!!!! Please come to DC!!!!!!!!!!! There is a huge community here that would love to see you and support the book!
aargersi April 7, 2015
There is a gaping hole in that itinerary where Austin ought to be!
drbabs April 7, 2015
I was just about to say the same thing! Kristen, we have an awesome Food52 community here in Austin! You should come see us!
Pamela April 7, 2015
I was thinking there was a gaping hole where Texas should be. I'd come to Austin for the book signing from Corpus Christi.