On days like these -- when cold snow creeps over the tops of our boots and we're glad to be packed into a crowded subway car simply for the heat -- very few things make us warm and happy. Hot chocolate is too fleeting, our favorite winter hats are weathered, and by the time we get home all we want to do is crawl under a blanket and put on every pair of long johns we own. Pasta, on a day like this, is like a hot shower -- very few things make us feel this warm and content. Only one rule applies: you have to have seconds.
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).