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At online community Food52, more than 400,000 home cooks critique and tweak one another’s recipes. Here, the site’s editors, led by cofounders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, showcase a few favorites at their monthly “snack time.”
With apologies to my husband, I found my soul mate on Food52. Or maybe she’s more of an imaginary friend. Sonali (a.k.a. the Foodie Physician) and I have never met. She lives in Ft. Lauderdale, where she glazes brussels sprouts in miso and maple syrup (just like I do), sauces orecchiette (objectively the best pasta shape) with ricotta and pancetta, and braises chicken with olives and preserved lemons (me, too!). We are in agreement about major life issues: Only mayo, a tiny bit of celery and one Bibb lettuce leaf belong in lobster rolls. Basically, I want to cook everything she cooks. And though she has a food blog, I would probably never have found it in the heartless wilds of the Internet. Connections like these are the genius of Food52, a crowdsourced recipe hub staffed by editors and test cooks.