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Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook

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There are good recipes and there are great ones—and then, there are genius recipes.

Genius recipes surprise us and make us rethink the way we cook. They might involve an unexpectedly simple technique, debunk a kitchen myth, or apply a familiar ingredient in a new way. They’re handed down by luminaries of the food world and become their legacies. And, once we’ve folded the
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Published April 7th 2015 by Ten Speed Press
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Genius recipes surprise us and make us rethink the way we cook.

I'm not really feeling that with this cookbook. I love the Food 52 blog and really thought this cookbook would be outstanding. There are a few of the recipes I will try including Nigella Lawson's dense chocolate cake. I'm wishing I had chocolate in the house right now for that one. Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined Buttermilk fried chicken caught my eye too.

This cookbook to me is definitely not a beginner book. It's fun to look at th
Kristin ❋extols death with luminescent brilliance❋
Received email from NetGalley that I was approved for this book yesterday, April 6th at 3:04pm. Try to download today, April 7th at 9:30am and it is already archived! This was the cookbook I was looking forward to most as I have been following Food52 on FaceBook for years. Truly disappointing and deceiving marketing. Not a happy camper (cook?).

Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

"Genius recipes surprise us and make us rethink the way we cook. They might involve an unexpectedly simple technique, debunk a kitchen myth, or apply a familiar ingredient in a new way. They’re handed down by luminaries of the food world and become their legacies. And, once we’ve folded them into our repertoires, they make us feel pretty genius too."

Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook is written by’s executive editor Kristen Miglore. Each of the featur
Jan 31, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
There are some cookbooks you check out from the library and you think...this looks good, or I might want to try making that. This is one of those cookbooks you check out from the library and you think -- I should probably buy this and make all the recipes. Yup. That good; reminds me of Dominque Ansel's "Secret Recipes."

This book is a collection of perfected recipes; I don't recommend reading while you are hungry.
Dec 31, 2015 Maggie rated it it was amazing
I like this book a lot.

Yesterday, I made a batch of the spiced red wine, and the Rao's meatballs, and the no-knead bread (which I'd made years ago), and the Marcella Hazan tomato sauce (which is a staple in our house). Happy to have all of those recipes in one place.

Also, I wrote a bit about the book on my blog (

"Last night, I climbed into bed with a Christmas present: a copy of Food52 Genius Recipes. I wasn't reading it straight through, but jumping ar
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Some really interesting and different recipes in this one. Several are almost revolutionary in their claims. Broccoli cooked for two hours, butter made from corn water, etc. What I've tried making has been good... but not amazing. Still, for the serious cook, this is probably a must-read, but probably not a must-own.

To update, one of the dishes is an out-there version of carbonara, by a famous chef, which I pointed out to my wife, who shrugged and mentioned th
Laila (BigReadingLife)
Beautiful to look at, lovely photographs and layout. Recipes too fussy for me (not much of a cook,) but my foodie/fearless cook husband has found a few he's dying to try.
Jun 07, 2015 Lynne rated it it was amazing
So many keeper recipes from this cookbook, and I've owned it all of a month. Poached scrambled eggs are almost crepe-like ribbons. The chicken thighs with lemon came out the best I've ever made, crispy skin and perfect centers, and I'll be using this method going forward, it's that easy and good. The tomato sauce recipe has been in my repertoire for awhile, and it's the easiest thing in the world. But you know me and my penchant for desserts: the chocolate mousse, the dense chocolate loaf cake ...more
False Millennium
Dec 30, 2015 False Millennium rated it did not like it
Shelves: food-drink
I like the Food52 group, and I've found good recipes through them. Notice I said, "good." Not "genius." I made their banana bread that the author wrote poetic over. I used really fresh ingredients including the flour, baking powder, etc. and it was just ok. Genius is my mother's old banana bread recipe which still sets the stand. I made their olive oil granola. It was ok as well, but not genius. Ina Garten holds the record on that one. Easy enough to assemble. Again, super fresh ingredients to ...more
Sep 24, 2015 kimberly rated it really liked it
i hadn't known about the Food52 blog before i had gotten this book, but have now made it an oft frequented site as i meal plan for the week.

i'm fairly certain that all of these recipes are available on their site, but i still loved this book because 1) i love and adore physical books and operate in a physically visual way, 2) the pictures are lovely and matte on the paper, and 3) i love good food.

browsing their site is kind of annoying with how often the term "Genius" is thrown about, but whatev
Coleen (The Book Ramblings)
Whether you’re a home-cook or chef, you will find this cookbook to be one of your favorites, and often reached for. There are a hundred recipes that are tasty, creative, and will change your normal “go-to” cooking. It is compiled of delicious, information, and techniques that anyone would find useful for in the kitchen. Without a doubt, the recipes within the pages will strike up a conversation, and satisfied palate, when served to your family or guests.

I received this cookbook from Blogging for
Dec 30, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing
Yes I read a cookbook & it counts. Any cookbook that includes Nigella Lawson's dense chocolate loaf cake, Rao's meatballs and Marcella Hazen's 3 ingredient tomato sauce (the best spaghetti & meatballs ever!!) rightly deserves the word "Genius" in its title. Bravo! Num num num num...
Nov 10, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, cook-books
from this book I have made no knead bread (at least 8 times), carnitas (3 or 4 times), eggless lemon curd, brown butter tart crust, chocolate muscovado banana cake, watermelon, mint, and cider vinegar tonic, rosemary brined buttermilk fried chicken, and the strawberry shortcakes. this book is fascinating. the recipes are very innovative, and the descriptions are interesting. there are pictures for most of the recipes. I keep checking it out from the library- it is one of those pricey cookbooks- ...more
Marty Halyburton
Nov 01, 2016 Marty Halyburton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tips & Desserts

Loved the writing and the wide variety of recipe authors. The tips are outstanding and will change the way I cook, but the book includes a disproportionate number of sweets and desserts.
Kim H.
Jul 12, 2015 Kim H. rated it really liked it
Have you ever wished that you could have professional chefs right beside you in the kitchen, giving you their secret tips to ensure the dish you're working on turns out better than ever? Now you can!

Food52's Genius Recipes serves up 100 recipes from top chefs with genius tips, easy to follow directions, and extra help in note form--all designed to ensure your success in the kitchen. Along the way, you are sure to discover and adopt some new techniques which will change the way you cook other dis
Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
Kristen Miglore is the executive editor of Food52 website. She says, “A genius recipe surprises us and makes us rethink cooking tropes. They’re handed down by luminaries of the food world and become their legacies. They get us talking and change the way we cook. And, once we’ve folded them into our repertories they make us feel pretty genius too!”

A few of these recipes made me feel good at the fact I could create something so yummy and elegant looking. I tried the No Knead Bread by Jim Lahey. Th
Aug 20, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it
Recipes are formatted well; it’s easy to tell the opening monologue from the ingredients from the recipe steps. Each opener has interesting information on where the recipe comes from, how it works better than others of its kind, etc. Some very pretty photos are included.

We tried several of the recipes. One was a recipe of spiced braised lentils and tomatoes with toasted coconut. It’s a simple recipe, although not everyone will have access to the black or brown mustard seeds. It was great the fir
Virginia Campbell
Apr 25, 2015 Virginia Campbell rated it it was amazing
Genius is defined as "natural ability, strong inclination, great mental capacity and inventive ability". Each week, Executive Editor Kristen Miglore selects a recipe to feature on the "Genius Recipes" column at Explaining what separates a recipe from being very good or notably great to being classified as genius has earned the column a nomination for James Beard Award excellence. With "Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook", Ms. Kilgore has created a ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Rumeur rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
I've recently started looking at new cookbooks coming out because I've become bored with always making the same old same old. This book does just what I've been looking for

It's a cookbook of 100 recipes starting with breakfast & working its way through to desserts, with all other meals in between. What makes this cookbook uniques is---it's recipes from many different people, not just by 1 chef AND many of the recipes are takes on traditional everyday dishes we are all used to making, but pe
Jul 08, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I'm still working through this book and who knows how many things I'll actually make out of it, but I'm enjoying the hell out of reading it. It's a cookbook that feels like a book of short stories, almost - every recipe has a lead-in, written in a friendly, chatty, accessible style, full of "don't worry" messages (reminiscent of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, cookbook version!) The pictures are gorgeous and so many of the recipes made me want to drop everything and make them RIGHT NOW (if ...more
Feb 16, 2016 Leah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
For Christmas I was given three gift certificates to my neighborhood bookstore. I decided I would use them to breathe some new life into my cookbook shelf. This is the first book I plan to add to my collection in 2016.

There are so many things I love about this book. The photography is crisp, clean and spare; yet it elevates the simplest plate of brown lentils to something compelling enough to make me perform a State of the Staples inventory.

The short essay introduction for each recipe explains
Jul 06, 2015 Tima rated it it was ok
The creators of a famous food blog have taken their favorite recipes, the ones that changed everything for them and compiled them in this book. These are the recipes that have made it onto the shortlist for one reason or another. These are the recipes that to them are "pure genius". Color photographs fill the book and give the reader/cook an idea of the what the finished product should look like. There are also some pictures that show the steps for some of the recipes.

I read through the entire b
Sep 25, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that this is an absolutely beautiful book! It has a hardbound embossed cover, thick high-quality pages, and beautiful pictures. It feels expensive, and something about it reminds me of the cookbooks of yesteryear, but it is modern and updated.

There is a clear index, organized by Breakfast, Snacks & Drinks, Soups & Salads, Meaty Mains, Meatless Mains, Vegetables, and Desserts.

The book offers up recipes that include "genius" techniques and twists you may not have th
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Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook
By Kristen Miglore
Not available in ebook at RHPL
272 pages

This book considers genius recipes to be recipes that make us rethink the way we cook. These legendary and foolproof recipes have been shared by cookbook authors, chefs and bloggers who debunk a kitchen myth, use a familiar ingredient in a new way or share an especially simple technique.

Includes Michael Ruhlman’s fried chicken, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s hummus, Ni
Cait Lovelace
Jun 24, 2016 Cait Lovelace rated it it was amazing
I'm writing a review mainly because I'm annoyed that several of the "reviewers" have not tested ANY of the recipes. How can those possibly be trustworthy opinions????

Anyway, here's the deal: Genius recipes aren't necessarily meant to be easy. They are meant to teach you unexpected tricks and tips that make your cooking better/foolproof.

There are some recipes that take two minutes to whip up - the soft scrambled eggs, for instance, or the guacamole. Then there are recipes that require every bowl
May 17, 2015 Tracy rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. It has 100 recipes that are just a little different and can change the way you do something in the kitchen. With recipes from famous cooks and newer cooks (think Marion Cunningham's yeasted waffles which I've actually read about a number of times but also Mushroom Bourginon from the Smitten Kitchen website; Molly Wizenberg also gets a shout out).

For instance: poached scrambled eggs. It gives a way to scramble and then poach the eggs. Or turning shrimp into a paste and addin
Charlie Moses
Aug 23, 2016 Charlie Moses rated it it was amazing
Yep, I can testify that the title is not hype. Not all the recipes that are in this book appealed to me, but there were a goodly number of recipes that I copied and made part of my regular repertoir, because they are, indeed, genius recipes. The salad made from hard, not-quite-ripe peaches? Genius. The cottage cheese pancakes with currants? More genius, and waaaay better than the recipe name would ever let you guess. And the 27-ingredient hamburger recipe? Let's say I wouldn't make it every day, ...more
Oct 16, 2015 Niki rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
I'm not sure what it is that made this cookbook fall flat for me. I cooked one recipe out of it (mushroom bourguignon) which turned out all right but I still found some things I would tweak. I was frustrated that there wasn't an overall time listed to help me plan out my evening. I Had to dig through the recipe and figure it for myself which I miscalculated.

Overall, I found very few recipes I wanted to make out of it. I did however really enjoy reading through the various tips for the recipes a
May 20, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This book is really pretty, and unlike a lot of cookbooks, I wanted to cook most of the (non-meat) recipes. I also recognized a bunch of names in here, like Marcella Hazan and Smitten Kitchen. I only made the Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions and something else that I'm blanking on, but I have a list of others I want to get to.

I'm only adding cookbooks I use repeatedly on here, and this is my favorite of the year so far. Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day, which I bor
May 19, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks-2015
Food52 is a website that pulls together recipes and tons of other info about food and cooking. This cookbook is a collection of what they call "Genius Recipes." Recipes that you wouldn't have thought of yourself, but that transform how you cook that particular item/meal/etc. There were definitely a few recipes I'd like to try. When people who cook for a living say "I'll never cook ______ the same way again!" it's something you HAVE to try! I wasn't familiar with Food52 before this cookbook, so ...more
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