It was a busy day in the test kitchen when all of a sudden Amanda turned her computer screen, showed us all the New York Times homepage, and asked, "Is that Thomas Keller in my kitchen?"
The article in question is about chefs crusading against California's upcoming ban on the sale of foie gras, with a photo of the French Laundry's Thomas Keller standing and looking serious in a kitchen that looks remarkably like Amanda's.
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Well, we had only one option. Readers, we present you Amanda "Thomas Keller" Hesser:
Doppelgangers! It's uncanny, no? (Who knew they both love black turtlenecks so much?) While the kitchens are slightly different, the cabinetry and shape are the same. Here's the comparison one more time:
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
I'm Nozlee Samadzadeh, a writer, editor, farmer, developer, and passionate home cook. Growing up Iranian in Oklahoma, working on a small-scale organic farm, and cooking on a budget all influence the way I cook -- herbed rice dishes, chicken fried steak, heirloom tomato salad, and simple poached eggs all make appearances on my bright blue kitchen table. I love to eat kimchi (homemade!) straight from the jar and I eat cake for breakfast.