It wasn’t long ago that recipes called cauliflower an underrated vegetable. Take this one by David Tanis, published in The New York Times in 2014: “Cauliflower,” he wrote, “is perhaps the least appreciated member of the large family of cruciferous vegetables.”
These days, though? It’s just the opposite.
A lot of its popularity has to do with cauliflower rice, or riced cauliflower—a clever doppleganger for anyone avoiding complex carbs. But cauliflower can be a lot more than that. It can be pureed into creamy soups, roasted whole, or fried for your new favorite sandwich. All of which to say, its versatility is unparalleled.
Emma is a writer and recipe developer at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles "on the fly," baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., reviewing restaurants, and writing articles about everything from how to use leftover mashed potatoes to the history of pies in North Carolina. Now she lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's cooking column, Big Little Recipes, all about big flavor and little ingredient lists. And see what she's up to on Instagram and Twitter at @emmalaperruque.