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The Food52 Cookbook, Volume 2

December 13, 2012

In Cooking from Every Angle, we hear from our fearless leaders: Food52 co-founders Amanda & Merrill.

Today: The moment we've been waiting for -- The Food52 Cookbook, Volume 2 is here!

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This week marks an important moment for our community and for our company. In 2009, we set out to create a new kind of online food site and community -- one that would be inspiring, curated and most important, participatory. We hoped to attract great cooks from all over who could come together to share not only their excellent recipes, but their cooking insights, product suggestions, beautiful photography, and witty comments! We wanted it to be a beautiful place where people were nice to each other, where we'd feel inspired, and where we'd learn and become better, more confident cooks.

We got started with cookbooks -- we wanted to create a new kind of cookbook, one that was crowdsourced and curated, and we figured if that went well, then perhaps we were onto something. We signed on with Harper Collins to make two cookbooks over the course of two years. For the first 52 weeks, we ran two themed recipe contests a week to come up with the winning recipes for the first book. And then just before we collapsed from exhaustion, thanks to Merrill's wise thinking, we trimmed back to one contest a week for the second book.

During the second 52 weeks, we refined our process, involving the growing Food52 community even more in the process of testing recipes, suggesting themes, and voting. We also worked on our food styling and the book design, toning down the colors and letting the food do the talking -- much as it does here on the site. This week, the second volume came out and, although we're biased, we think it's a beauty!

There are 75 recipes, hundreds of photos, helpful comments from Food52ers who have made the recipes, and menus galore. We hope you like it.

Most of all, we're proud of what we've done together as a community. We've made two great books, and a site that's so much better than what we even imagined. We look forward to our future projects, but for now, we raise a glass to you!

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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).

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See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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Amanda Hesser

Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


LauriL April 2, 2013
The best christmas present that Ive ever received! The gift that keeps on giving as I make meals from it at least once a week!
Amanda H. April 2, 2013
We're blushing -- thank you!
krusher January 12, 2013
My copy was waiting for me from Amazon when I returned from the US a week ago. It has been beside me as I have been healing from various ailments collected when traveling in the US. Love the organization by seasons, love the recipes and especially love the care taken with the detailed index in the back. Congratulations to Amanda and Merrill for their vision and energy. Huge congratulations and admiration to all the cooks who have contributed. You are an inspiration to us all. May I also say a warmest thank you to every engaged cook who participates in the online community that is food52. Bless you all.
hghilzai January 10, 2013
Ladies you have done a beautiful job with Volume 2. I am so proud that our recipe of Afghan Dumpling (pg. 194) in this book. I wrote a post about this honor in my blog and my readers all the way from Afghanistan are responding about hoe excited they are to have one their national dishes in your book.
luvcookbooks December 17, 2012
Last week a box of 5 of the Food52 cookbooks arrived at my house because of the potluck party we are having in January. I brought a copy to my mom, who is ailing, in Evanston. She is too sick to cook but is enjoying the design, pictures, and recipes. :)) I think the photography is better than the first book. I luv book design and don't feel an e book is the same.
Rhonda35 December 13, 2012
Love you all @Food52 - so excited about the second book!
Merrill S. December 12, 2012
Thanks, all, for your lovely compliments about the book -- it's really all of you who deserve the congratulations!!
mrslarkin December 13, 2012
Merrill, is there going to be a book tour this year? Hoping I could see you guys again in Darien.

And ditto, to all the lovely comments. These books are treasures.
Oui, C. December 10, 2012
It's another beauty...so good that I can't figure out where to start cooking from it. Congratulations to all who make Food52 such a fab community.
Erika K. December 10, 2012
I just went on Amazon and ordered three--one for me, and two for my sisters-in-law. Can't wait to get it. Maybe someday I'll bring mine to NYC and have you guys sign it!
EatArt December 10, 2012
Looks like a beautiful book! Can't wait to rifle through the pages and be inspired. Congratulations!
fiveandspice December 9, 2012
Hip hip hooray! Congratulations to all!
jenniebgood December 9, 2012
Congratulations to everyone in the F52 community that contributed to Volume 2! Amanda and Merrill, are you by chance doing any book events in the Boston area?
cheese1227 December 10, 2012
Do you know about the planned Boston book potluck planned for 1/27?
jenniebgood December 10, 2012
Hi Cheese1227 - no, I hadn't heard about it. Can you let me know where I can find out more about it? Thanks!
Merrill S. December 12, 2012
Alas, we won't be in Boston for any events, but hope you can make it to the potluck!
creamtea December 9, 2012
Congratulations to Amanda and Merrill and the F52 community; I've ordered several for family around the globe and am about to order more!
Kukla December 8, 2012
Congratulations to Amanda & Merrill and to everyone who had a part in creating another wonderful book!!! It is such a great honor (not to mention the bragging rights) to be a member of the Food52 family!!!
Panfusine December 7, 2012
Just got my copy yesterday, love it!..waiting for the book signing sessions like last year to get my copy signed by Amanda & Merrill..I joined Food52 around the time these Vol. 2 contests were halfway through. Its like reliving the moments of each weeks contest all over again! Congrats Amanda & Merrill & the Food52 team & here's wishing you another James Beard!
enbe December 7, 2012
I've been checking my amazon.com account to see when it'll ship. I'm impatient!!!
Loredona December 7, 2012
Congratulations on the new cookbook! I am also new to Food52 and hope to purchase this beautiful looking book. Bravo!
AntoniaJames December 7, 2012
Without question you've (or, I suppose I should say, "we've") created the most handsome book to hit the booksellers' shelves this year. My heartfelt thanks to the authors, editors, the hundreds of other community members who contributed in so many different ways, and, of course, to William Morrow Cookbooks. ;o)
Writes &. December 7, 2012
I can't wait to get the cookbook! I'm new to the Food52 community, and so far, I'm loving every minute of it.
Sagegreen December 7, 2012
WE. ARE. SO. THRILLED! Congratulations on the production of this second masterpiece. What a great job you did. And what an honor to be a part of the Food52 family, too.
Geoff G. December 7, 2012
If you go to the Amazon link they have a "look inside" hyperlink that lets you see a ToC brief but a full listing of the index. that will give you a good read on what's inside!