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Food52 Just Got Bigger: Introducing The52

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We're extending the Food52 family! Allow us to introduce the first crop of The52.

We could talk about food all day—and to make sure we're telling the story from all angles, we're expanding our universe and yours by officially extending the Food52 family. Over the next few months, we'll be introducing you to the first crop of The52, a hand-picked group of people we admire who work in the worlds of culture, food, and lifestyle.

The group includes a mixologist, a Bay Area lifestyle aficionado, a blogger who would be happy to never eat vegetables again, and another who can't live without them. You'll be hearing from them from time to time as they contribute to articles on the site, test products from the Shop, and do takeovers on our social media, so take a look at the first batch of The52 below (including an introduction to a very special member)—we're sure you'll recognize some familiar names and faces:

Mario Batali, chef, TV personality, orange clog evangelist, author of 10 cookbooks, and owner of 25 restaurants, shares with us a few fun facts (including why ramps are like Kathleen Turner):

Desert island food? 
Linguine with clams and an ice-cold glass of falanghina.

One food you pretend to like (but secretly hate)?
I do not hate any food, but I am suspicious of durian and do not really understand or want to eat much congee.

What is your greatest/ most exciting culinary failure?
My first restaurant, Po, was a hit and yet became my personal failure. It was so great to open my very first restaurant in New York City and I don’t regret a second of it, but I was unable to hold onto it through disagreement about operating procedure. I learned quickly that without a thoughtful and confident partner, I would not have made it nearly as far as [my partner] Joe Bastianich and I have made it.

Vegetable spirit animal?
Ramps—they are only available for 5 weeks a year, regardless of how much we want them, and they are simple, not exotic, and yet they’ve got a way of sneaking up on you and making a lasting garlicky impression, like Kathleen Turner's sultry voice.

We'll be introducing the rest of The52 in future posts, but here they are (so far!), along with some peeks at the work they do:

Alexandra StaffordAlexandra's Kitchen and Food52 column A Bushel and a Peck
Alison Zavos, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Feature Shoot
Amanda Jane Jonesgraphic designer; co-creator and founding graphic designer of Kinfolk Magazine
Amber WilsonFor The Love of The South
Aran GoyoagaCanelle et Vanille
Ashley RodriguezNot Without Salt
Beth KirbyLocal Milk
Brad Sherman, designer of Food52's office and owner of B. Sherman Workshop
Carey NershiReclaiming Provincial and workshop and podcast co-founder of First We Eat
Cynthia C.Two Red Bowls
Elizabeth Spiridakis, Creative Director at AFAR
Erin AldersonNaturally Ella
Eva Kosmas Flores, Adventures in Cooking and workshop and podcast co-founder of First We Eat

Left: Malted milk and stracciatella gelato pops from Top with Cinnamon; Right: A day of "cooking" captured by Amanda Jane Jones in her beautiful kitchen

Izy Hossack, Top With Cinnamon
Jamie LothridgeMy Baking Addiction
Jeanine DonofrioLove and Lemons
Jeffrey Morgenthaler, cocktail writer and mixologist
Jenny ParkSpoon Fork Bacon
Jenny RosenstrachDinner: A Love Story
Jessica Merchant, How Sweet It Is
Joanna Goddard, Cup of Jo
Lily Diamond, Kale & Caramel
Louisa Shafia, Lucid Food

Left: A slow Friday featuring a cozy wall hanging and throw from Local Milk; Right: A summer greens with lemon-herb yogurt dressing from Kale and Caramel

Lucy Hewett, photographer for Dinner Was Delicious
Megan Gordon, A Sweet Spoonful and founder of Marge Granola
Molly Yeh, My Name is Yeh
Naomi Robinson, Bakers Royale
Rachel AdamsDinner Was Delicious
Shauna Ahern, Gluten-Free Girl
Teri Lyn Fisher, Spoon Fork Bacon
Victoria Smith, editor of SF Girl By Bay

Top photo by Kong; photo of Mario Batali by Quentin Bacon; photo of laptops by James Ransom; photo of gelato pops by Izy Hossack; photo of girl cooking by Amanda Jane Jones; photo of chair by Bethy Kirby; photo of summer greens by Lily Diamond

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