It's a new year—time to learn how to switch up your go-to recipes, test-drive 2.0 cooking techniques, befriend superstar ingredients, and save the world! Well, maybe not that last part—but Change The Way You Cook has you covered on just about everything else. Sign up for our newsletter below to get eight weeks of trusted strategies that'll help you save time and have fun in the kitchen. Then scroll down to check out the rest of our playbook for more inventive cooking, plus the kitchen MVPs in our Shop. Follow along at #f52cooking—and let us know how you're changing the game.

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Eight weeks of cooking lessons, from meal-prep secrets to making the most of your freezer. Sign up now and take the first step towards a happier, more nimble kitchen.

Why (and How) to Make Your Desserts Less Sweet

Start seasoning your desserts "to taste"—and never turn back. We're talking winey hot fudge and salty cookies, chili chocolate bark and balsamic butterscotch, and all the simple-but-delicious tricks in between.

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How to Flavor-Boost Your Vegetables to Dinner Stardom

Our go-to strategy to enhance any and every vegetable just happens to be one word: umami. Get acquainted with the shortlist of (vegetarian!) ingredients to keep on hand, from tomato paste to mushroom powder.

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Put the (Black) Pepper Down! Why Your Salt Wants Some New Friends

Salt and pepper go on a break (not a breakup, just a break) and salt befriends a slew of sassy, spicy counterparts—already in your pantry. Meet: the other peppercorns, our always in-reach chiles, and an everyday wild card.

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This Smoky, Spicy Technique is Ready For Its Comeback

Before charring and burning were cool, blackening was cooler. We're throwing back to this '80s obsession and teaching our chicken (and fish and beef and pork and tofu and vegetables) to be bitter—you know, in a good way.

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How to Wake Up Sleepy Soups and Stews

That ahhh feeling when you sip some lemonade on a scorching day? Your soup wants in on that, too. Here's how to perk up everything from turkey pho to beet borscht with citrus squeezes—plus creamy dollops, boozy pours, and more.

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(Almost) A Week in Meal Planning

We test-drive the first newsletter in our Change The Way You Cook series (sign up at the top of this page!) with one roast chicken that goes the extra mile.

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Your meal plan playbook

An Unconventional Method for Fitting Cooking into a Crazy Schedule

An Unconventional Method for Fitting Cooking into a Crazy... by Sarah Jampel

Braised Onion Sauce

Braised Onion Sauce by Kenzi Wilbur

How to Make Green Sauce With *Any* Green(s)—and No Recipe

How to Make Green Sauce With *Any* Green(s)—and No Recipe by Caroline Lange

A Spicy Perspective's Garlic Lime Oven-Baked Salmon

A Spicy Perspective's Garlic Lime Oven-Baked Salmon by Genius Recipes


How to Make Your Freezer Work For You

Your freezer can be a resource for weeknight meals, a hospitable home for sensitive ingredients (like nuts and whole-grain flours), and an ally in your mission to reduce food waste. But can maximizing your freezer really change the way you cook? We give it a try.

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Get Your Freeze On

Our Guide to Freezer-Friendly Foods

Our Guide to Freezer-Friendly Foods by Kenzi Wilbur

The Genius Secret Weapon You Should Always Have in Your Freezer

The Genius Secret Weapon You Should Always Have in Your F... by Kristen Miglore


How I Rekindled My Love of Leftovers (and How You Can, Too)

Don’t let your leftovers bore you into submission. Keep them thrilling (yes, we said thrilling!) and on their toes in just 3 steps (okay, with some sub-steps, too). Here's how.

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The leftovers lineup

Bert Greene's Potato Scallion Cakes (Fritterra)

Bert Greene's Potato Scallion Cakes (Fritterra) by Genius Recipes

The Tangy, 3-Ingredient Condiment You Can Use at Every Meal

The Tangy, 3-Ingredient Condiment You Can Use at Every Meal by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Momofuku's Soy Sauce Eggs

Momofuku's Soy Sauce Eggs by Genius Recipes

Our 11 Favorite Winter Squashes (& How to Cook Them)

Our 11 Favorite Winter Squashes (& How to Cook Them) by Caroline Lange


The 3 Simple Tricks That Helped Me Save Time in the Kitchen

Keeping up our cooking motivation as the week wears on can sometimes be hard, but it doesn't have to be. Arm yourself with a few easy-to-follow shortcuts and you'll be a part of the dinner-in-a-jiffy club in no time.

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Shortcut Sidekicks

The Game-Changing Tip That Will Shave Precious Time Off of Meal Prep

The Game-Changing Tip That Will Shave Precious Time Off o... by Lindsay Maitland Hunt

Farro Gratin With Brussels Sprouts

Farro Gratin With Brussels Sprouts by EmilyC

Shades of Green Chopped Salad

Shades of Green Chopped Salad by fortheloveofyum

The Video of a Man Chopping Cilantro We Can't Stop Watching

The Video of a Man Chopping Cilantro We Can't Stop Watching by Valerio Farris


Let Your Pantry Guide You to Mealtime Happiness

How often do you rely on your pantry to get you to dinner? Once a week? Once a month? We tapped ours for four consecutive meals (with a little help of some sturdy kitchen staples) and challenge you to do the same.

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The Pantry Payoff

In Reverse: The Smarter Way to Organize Your Grocery List

In Reverse: The Smarter Way to Organize Your Grocery List by Mark A. Denner

Tomato-y, Yogurt-y Shakshuka

Tomato-y, Yogurt-y Shakshuka by Nicholas Day

Linguine with Chickpeas

Linguine with Chickpeas by Emma Laperruque

 35 Recipes to Make Using (Mostly) What's Already in Your Pantry

35 Recipes to Make Using (Mostly) What's Already in Your... by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm


In Search of a Signature Dish to Call My Own

Do you have a signature dish? A culinary masterpiece to call your own? If that sounds like a dream, know that your cooking soulmate specialty is out there. We embarked on a culinary adventure to find it.

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Make It Yours

Ruth Reichl’s Diva of a Grilled Cheese

Ruth Reichl’s Diva of a Grilled Cheese by Genius Recipes

Baked Gnocchi alla Romana (Gnocchi alla Joanie)

Baked Gnocchi alla Romana (Gnocchi alla Joanie) by amysarah

Whole Orange Bundt Cake with Five-Spice Streusel

Whole Orange Bundt Cake with Five-Spice Streusel by hardlikearmour

Scrambled Eggs Get the Brown Butter Treatment

Scrambled Eggs Get the Brown Butter Treatment by Emma Laperruque


5 Easy Ways to Go Off-Script in the Kitchen

Feeling confident enough to improvise in the kitchen doesn't have to be hard. With practice, lots of tasting, and a good dose of courage, you can master the art of winging it.

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Let Loose

30 Qualities of a Good Home Cook

30 Qualities of a Good Home Cook by Sarah Jampel

Canal House's Chicken Thighs with Lemon

Canal House's Chicken Thighs with Lemon by Genius Recipes

Genius Pork Shoulder Ragu (a.k.a. The Instant Dinner Party)

Genius Pork Shoulder Ragu (a.k.a. The Instant Dinner Party) by Kristen Miglore

3 Different Takes on Shakshuka (All Are Winners!)

3 Different Takes on Shakshuka (All Are Winners!) by Sarah Jampel


A Simple Cooking Technique to Keep My Kitchen Skills (& Shears) Sharp

There are plenty of easy strategies to maintain your newfound cooking skills and avoid a kitchen slump. We tested one out and the results were positive (and crispy!).

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Stay on your toes

Green Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread)

Green Khachapuri (Georgian Cheese Bread) by Erin McDowell

Taiwanese-Style Whole Fish With Chilies and Basil

Taiwanese-Style Whole Fish With Chilies and Basil by Cathy Erway

Pucker-Up Lemon Sumac Chicken with Lemon Herb Board Sauce

Pucker-Up Lemon Sumac Chicken with Lemon Herb Board Sauce by Leith Devine

Quickie Lunches That Will Make Your Co-Workers Jealous

Quickie Lunches That Will Make Your Co-Workers Jealous by Katie Macdonald

Kitchen Helpers to get you started

Glass Oven & Freezer Safe Storage Containers (Set of 8)

Glass Oven & Freezer Safe Storage Containers (Set of 8)

$72
ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Pro Rocking Santoku Knife

ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Pro Rocking Santoku Knife

$109$129
Smithey Cast Iron Skillet

Smithey Cast Iron Skillet

$106$200
Food52 x Staub Round Cocotte

Food52 x Staub Round Cocotte

$99$359
Matte Black Natural Fiber Cutting Board

Matte Black Natural Fiber Cutting Board

$189$220
ZWILLING Stainless Steel Kitchen Shears

ZWILLING Stainless Steel Kitchen Shears

$99
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