Amanda Hesser

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    March 28, 2013

    Food52 Raises $2 Million in VC Investments

    Will Food52 dedicate today to champagne recipes? Unlikely, but the cooking website -- helmed by former NY Times scribe Amanda Hesser and co-creator Merrill Stubbs -- has good reason to celebrate. Yesterday, the duo announced that they've closed their "Series A" funding after raising $2 million in in ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    What's Happening: Big Brooklyn Holiday Toy Drive and Mission Chinese Sandy Relief Fundraiser

    Monday, December 3 Five Ambassadors of the New York City Culinary Experience: Join the owners of Russ & Daughters, Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese, and Amanda Hesser from Food52 as they talk about food and its place in history and community. New York Times' Sam Sifton will moderate the discussion at ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Winners of the James Beard Foundation's Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards

    The winners of the James Beard Foundation's media awards were announced last night (the glitzy chef awards will be presented tonight and you can follow along here, if you like). Congratulations to all of the winners!

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    May 3, 2012

    More Advice for Aspiring Food Writers from Amanda Hesser

    Remember Amanda Hesser's sobering advice for aspiring food writers on Food52? I can no longer responsibly recommend that you drop everything to try to become a food writer. Except for a very small group of people (some of whom are clinging to jobs at magazines that pay more than the magazines' busin ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Food52 to Become Ultimate Culinary Hive Mind

    You're probably already familiar with Food52, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs' cool startup that began as a crowd-sourced cookbook and became a community of over 50,000 cooks (a mix of amateurs and pros) who share recipes, stories and tips. Hotline is the site's popular Q&A service, where cooks co ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Taste of the Nation 2012: Celebrity Chefs Ending Childhood Hunger

    It's not often you can eat from New York City's top restaurants and help alleviate poverty in the city -- at the same time. Taste of the Nation NYC takes place on Monday, and the star-studded event will feature gourmet fare by top chefs from restaurants such as Ai Fiori and Gramercy Tavern. Hosted ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Blogroll Gazette: Graphic Interviews, Food Writing Disputes

    This week in food blogs: Food Republic posts an interview with Dale Talde, David Massoni and John Bush about their Brooklyn restaurant ventures in graphic-novel form. Food and Think explores the work of Charles Spence, a researcher investigating how sound affects flavor. Serious Eats shows y ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    What's Happening This Week: Oysters and Beer, April Bloomfield Cooking Demo

    Hear Padma Lakshmi and Amanda Hesser discuss gender roles in the kitchen at the 92 Y on April 9 at 8:15 p.m. Adam Gopnik will moderate. Tickets are $29. Pair beer with East and West Coast oysters at Brooklyn Brewery on April 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Mark Bittm ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    IACP Cookbook and Media Award Finalists Announced

    IACP​It's the foodie awards season, and IACP just announced the finalists for its prestigious annual cookbook and journalism awards. Over 500 entries were submitted for consideration in this year's cookbook awards categories, with 52 books in 17 categories selected as finalists via a rigorous ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Grant Achatz on Cooking, Celebrity, and the Death of Molecular Gastronomy

    The Dynamic Duo​Alinea chef (and arguably the greatest chef in America) Grant Achatz was in town last night at The Institute of Culinary Education to promote his just-released memoir, Life on the Line. In a discussion with his business partner Nick Kokonas in a panel moderated by Food52's Ama ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Top Chef: 'It's a Perfect Storm of F***ing Awfulness'

    ​ Ah, restaurant wars. As inevitable as income taxes and that incredulous look Tom gets on his face whenever Marcel opens his mouth. And last night's didn't disappoint, bringing with it a spectacle of meaty, man-sized proportions and more bitch-fighting than an entire season of The Real Housew ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Food Blogger Cries 'Foodie Fatigue,' but Has No Discernible Plans to Stop Blogging

    Apparel of the damned.​On this verrry slow news week traditionally reserved for a final onslaught of year-end round-ups/pronouncements, The Chicago Tribune's Christopher Borrelli has bestowed upon the Interweb "a plea for calm." Borrelli, a general assignments reporter writes about food and bl ... More >>

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    December 10, 2010

    The Ten Best Cookbooks of 2010, According to Everyone Else​ It's the end of the year, time for best-of roundups. Rather than create our own list of the top cookbooks of 2010, we took a look at everyone else's and determined which books overlapped the most. So without further ado, here are the 10 cookbooks you should have read by ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Amanda Hesser Laments the Charlotte Russe, But Digs Those Chesapeake Crabcakes: Interview Part 2

    Sarah ShatzAmanda Hesser encourages you to forget the meringue.​ Amanda Hesser's new The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century (W.W. Norton & Company, 932 pages, $40) explores many decades of culinary history with an eye -- well, perhaps a palate -- for modern ta ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    C'est l'après-midi de vendredi! Alors, les articles de la semaine ... Our 10 Best Mexican Restaurants in NYC. Amanda Hesser talks Charlotte Russe, Chesapeake crabcakes, and the new Essential New York Times Cookbook. Jackie Hoffman doesn't do shellfish, cooks a nice chicken, and likes a big ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Amanda Hesser Talks Her Big Fat Recipe Book....and Turtles

    Sarah ShatzAmanda Hesser time-travels for you.​ For six years, Amanda Hesser would come home from her day job as a food writer to another job -- testing 150 years worth of recipes for her 932-page magnum opus The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century, just releas ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Food & Wine Rolls Out Its 40 Big Thinkers 40 & Under List

    ​In its November issue, Food & Wine is providing yet more reading material for the numerically fixated with its 40 Thinkers 40 & Under list.

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    September 15, 2010

    Food52 Launches Foodpickle, a Twitter Hotline for Home Cooks

    Food52's 911.​Food52, the recipe website launched by food writers Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, has introduced a new Twitter-powered cooking hotline for when you're "in a pickle," aptly called Foodpickle.

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    June 3, 2010

    Padma and Friends Declare Food Television Safe for Consumption

    Keith WagstaffCulinary types discuss culinary television programming.​Michael Pollan's New York Times article "Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch" hung heavily over the "Food on the Tube: How TV Shapes the Way We Think About Food" talk Tuesday night at the 92nd Street Y. In attendance: Padma L ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    Food52/Cook's Illustrated Smackdown Begins Today

    Chris Kimball and Amanda Hesser take it to the ring.​Way back in October, Christopher Kimball ran his mouth off about the inferiority of wiki-sourced recipes to those exhaustively tested in the kitchens of Cook's Illustrated. Much of the online cooking community was duly annoyed, and before an ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Big Game & Lucid Food

    Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Cooking Wild: The Other Big Game Astor Center February 1 Join chef and culinary instructor Emily Peterson for this primer in big (and some not so big) game. Basic butchering techniq ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Food World Celebrities Talk Shop; Fox Holds Auditions for New Gordon Ramsay Show

    Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Word of Mouth: Online Media and The Future of Food Writing Housing Works Used Bookstore Cafe January 7 Housing Works is known for its intimate concerts and eclectic selection of use ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Cuckoo for Cocoa at the Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment

    Eric Harvey BrownProfessional pastry chefs Catherine Carlisle and Diana Holland's miniature chocolate cakes.​ Brooklyn was awash in sugar-shocked hipsters yesterday, some 350 of them packing the Bell House for its first-ever Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment. The consensus among some at Sunday's e ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    Before Chili, Chocolate: A Sweet Amateur Cook-off

    ​The weekend before the aromas of meat, beans, and spices take over the Bell House, the place will be filled with teeth-rotting goodness from amateur chefs competing in The Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment. Theo Peck and Nick Suarez, of Experiments Cheese and Beer, have teamed up with Amanda Hess ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Christopher Kimball Opens Mouth, Sharpens Knives, Again

    ​Christopher Kimball has been quite a font of opinion lately, between writing that the Internet and its broccoli casserole recipes killed Gourmet, challenging the online community to a cook-off, and proclaiming that there is a wrong way and a right way to cook. Now, the Cook's Illustrated edit ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    Michelle Obama's Place is in the Kitchen?

    Never mind the hysteria over the Obamas' choice of Blue Hill for dinner on Saturday. According to Amanda Hesser, Mrs. Obama should have been in the kitchen herself. In a Saturday op-ed in the Times, Hesser first inexplicably reminds us that Mrs. Obama has "roots in the working class," and goes on ... More >>

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    March 30, 2004

    Asian Logroll

    Amanda Hesser's spice market review sparks debate over foodie ethics and tableside manners