Last month, The52 shared their greatest sources for inspiration. This week we share with you their ideal meal.
We, of all people, understand that a favorite food is personal. Members of our team have professed adoration of chopped black olive and mayonnaise sandwiches, anything with garlic hot sauce, and even oyster crackers with horseradish (we're lookin' at you, Amanda Hesser). When we asked The52 of their "last meal" (in a purely over-indulgent, non-morbid sense), their answers evoked a meal worthy of Babette, with champagne! crab legs! and lemon bars! Here are the drinks, snacks, and dishes members of The52 crave over any other:
One Thing Only
Mac and cheese. — Molly Yeh (who also named all fifteen of her chickens macaroni)
Crab legs. — Jamie Lothridge
Paté. — Teri Lyn Fisher
Sage and butternut squash ravioli. — Victoria Smith
Sourdough bread with the miso-tahini spread from Angelica Kitchen. — Alison Zavos
A Thoughtful Meal
Greek summer salad with hummus and flat bread. — Amanda Jane Jones
Cheeseburger, fries, and a milkshake. — Ashley Rodriguez
Fried chicken and lemon bars. — Rachel Adams and Lucy Hewett
Poilâne sourdough with super yellow butter and my grandmother's arroz con leche. — Aran Goyoaga
Raw oysters, grilled octopus, and Haribo gummies (in that order, not all at once). — Beth Kirby
Grilled, breadcrumb-stuffed tomatoes on toasted, garlic-rubbed bread, a glass of really dry Champagne, three fresh and perfect apricots, and a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream. — Luisa Weiss
Artichokes with mustard vinaigrette, corn on the cob, a cheese plate, rosé, and blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream. — Louisa Shafia
Marcella Hazan's bolognese with tagliatelle or a tomato sandwich in peak season, with Hellman's. — Jenny Rosenstrach
Everything But the Kitchen Sink
Waffle House cheese n' eggs, hashbrowns smothered and covered, and a chocolate chip waffle. Chased with a Bojangle's Cajun chicken biscuit. And maybe also a pizza. — Cynthia C.
Meatballs with ricotta and garlic bread from Jon & Vinny’s. Avocado toast. Fresh figs with olive oil, mint, sea salt, and ice cream. Buh bye. — Lily Diamond
Rice, kimchi, an old fashioned doughnut, french fries, fried cheese curds, and soft pretzels. — Jenny Park
What's your ideal food or meal? Tell us in the comments below!
Photo of macaroni and cheese and zucchini by Mark Weinberg; all others by James Ransom