From the very beginning, Food52 has been centered around creating a community, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that we’ve now grown to over 1 million strong!
Each of you—and your passion for food, cooking, and living well—have made this website what it is. You've shared tens of thousands of recipes (and some (Not)Recipes too), entered nearly 300 contests, and helped us create cookbooks along the way. You've written articles, shared photos, sent each other gifts, and impressed us every single day with your know-how.
Thank you for being here.
We wish we could have a party and celebrate with all of you—we’re just not sure we can find a venue able to fit a long enough table, so we're setting for raising a glass in your honor and helping you get to know a little bit about your fellow Food52ers.
Over the years, Food52ers have gathered for many a potluck
Let's start with some of the basics.
Here are the top 10 cities you live in:
- New York
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
The breakdown in ages:
- 18 to 24—11%
- 25 to 34—29% (Surely this category isn't the highest due to anyone remaining 29 for a few extra years, right?)
- 35 to 44—18%
- 45 to 54—15%
- 55 to 64—16%
- 65 and over—11%
And yes, as you might expect, most of you are women, but nearly one-third of our users are male—just don't call them "food dudes."
As you probably know, when you create an account here, you create a username at the same time, and if it's not some version of your name, oftentimes it's about food. These are the words most likely to appear in a username, and how many users have it in their username:
We can’t resist a little clever wordplay, and neither can you, here are 5 usernames that make us smile:
And we all have just as much fun coming up with names for collections, here are 10 of our favorites:
- All Up in My Grill
- No Chive Left Behind
- A Big Dill
- That’s So Radicchio
- Pointy Things
- It’s Easy Being Green
- Broke Student Life
- Dinner Parties When I Start Doing Them
- The Happiest Hour of the Day
- Eat Like a Hobbit
Have you signed up for an account yet? Once you do, you’ll be able to create your own collections (the best way to save your favorite recipes and articles in one spot), get help with cooking dilemmas (or help solve them!) on the Hotline, join conversations around the site, and receive our best tips for eating thoughtfully and living joyfully, right to your inbox.
It's clear you all love to talk about food just as much as we do—some us maybe just a little bit more than others these are the all-time top 10 commenters:
- Amanda Hesser (We're not surprised one of our fearless leaders made the list, just a little surprised she's not closer to the top.)
But you don't just talk about food, you create new dishes, too! These are the users who have posted the most recipes, and their current tally:
What exactly are you cooking? These are the 10 recipes you’ve saved the most:
- One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf
- Absurdly Addictive Asparagus
- Magical Marvelous Memorable Cookies
- Cinnamon Sugar Breakfast Puffs
- Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter
- Classic Chicken Piccata
- Crispy Coconut Kale with Roasted Salmon and Coconut Rice
- Louisa’s Cake
- Lentil and Sausage Soup for a Cold Winter’s Night
- Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Dried Cranberries
If you have questions about what you're cooking, you can always turn to the Hotline for help from your fellow Food52ers. These are 10 of the most intriguing questions from the Hotline, the ones really got you all talking (and a couple of them had us scratching our heads):
- How to make a medieval meat pie that would be accurate for 14th century England?
- Currently smoking ram bacon, what internal temperature do I need to reach?
- Seeking inspiration for using a sheep’s pluck and other unusual bits (You’ll notice many of our especially interesting questions come from trampledbygeese.)
- How do you fellow cooks handle food wimps?
- Anthony Bourdain is anti-garlic press, what are your thoughts? Yay or nay?
- Weird food combinations that are strangely good
- What are your guilty pleasures? Things you shouldn’t like but do anyway because they taste good
- And (non) guilty pleasures? Things everyone loves, and you know should too, but you just can’t stand
- What are the foods that polarize people? The things that you either love or hate
- What semi-prepped “convenience foods” do you purchase as a shortcut?
We laugh together, and sometimes we cry together, too.
It’s possible we have a few famous people in our midst:
- The late Nora Ephron used the nom de plume mrsp, and now we’ve seen another “Mrs P” around these parts, Mrs Beryl Patmore, who even converses like she’s right out of Downton Abbey. Anyone else ready to reveal their true identity? Tell us in the comments!
Since the Food52 Wedding Registry launched last summer, a number of you have created registries, but there's only one user who wanted to marry Food52 and have Amanda and Merrill walk him down the aisle (or the only one to ask anyway…):
Ready to make our community ice cream sundae packed with your recipes? Here they all are:
- Chocolate Chip Cookies by Phyllis Grant
- Olive Oil Gelato by Amanda Hesser
- Mint-Basil Chip Ice Cream by wssmom
- Avocado Gelado by aargersi
- Salted Maple Honeycomb Candy by Merrill Stubbs
- Sage-Candied Walnuts by Cristina Sciarra
- Chocolate Chunks by Alice Medrich
- Hot Fudge by EmilyC
- Balsamic Butterscotch Sauce by mrslarkin
- Sautéed Cherries with Vanilla Bean by Alice Medrich
Never commented before? Introduce yourself in the comments! Frequent commenter? Tell us something about yourself we didn't know (or, if you're feeling shy, just tell us the best thing you've cooked recently).