'The Food52 Cookbook' on Serious Eats
For those who are unaccustomed to cheek meat, braising it for tacos does wonders to accessibility because, after all, there's really nothing all that scary about a taco (right?). But odd cuts aside, these beef cheek tacos are pretty incredible. They're marinated in a mole-esque blend of spices, chiles, coffee, and peanut butter with a deep yet mellow spiciness that permeates the cheeks beautifully.
For those with a passion for runny yolks, it doesn't get much better than Shakshuka, that Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in a spiced tomato sauce. Of course, there is one way to improve on the dish and that would be by adding chunks of Moroccan merguez à la this: Moroccan Merguez Ragout with Poached Eggs from Amanda Hesser's and Merrill Stubbs' The Food52 Cookbook.
Rice can sit on the sidelines sometimes, acting as a starchy support. Not so in the case of biryani. Baked with all sorts of sweet, heady aromatics as well as deeply caramelized onions, this Shrimp Biryani from The Food52 Cookbook by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs makes a main event out of delicate basmati rice.
Here's a question for you: What do you to with all of those lovely and leafy green and magenta beet tops after you've roasted your beets? If your answer was "chucking them," well then, we've got just the recipe for you. The beauty of the beet is that it's really two vegetables in one: the sweet roots and the hearty green tops.
This is the sort of recipe made for those who entertain frequently—an elegant little pre-dinner snack that wows without requiring all that much effort. These briefly fried canned chickpeas crisp in olive oil scented with lemon and thyme, getting all nice and crunchy on the outside while retaining a bit of creaminess within.
In assembling The Food52 Cookbook, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs employed a similar strategy, asking members of their community, Food52, to share their best recipe each week for a year. Of course, determining a winner was far from an arbitrary process. Each of the top contenders were tested out and ballots were cast to see which garnered a spot in cookbook. We're cooking from this book all week!