Rethinking the Recipe: Problems and Possibilities

Cookbooks & Recipes

Nope, we’re not talking about line-editing here. This panel explores all the ways that recipes can help (and hinder) the efforts of home cooks. Do they feed our curiosity about food, or create the impression that cooking needs to be complicated? How many of them actually change how people cook—and even help them break free of the recipe? And who gets to decide which recipes — and communities — are represented in cups and teaspoons? We discuss how recipes can evolve to serve readers better.

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Von Diaz is a food writer and radio producer based in New York. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Atlanta, GA, her forthcoming cookbook, Coconut & Collards, uses storytelling and recipes to explore food, identity, and culture on the island. Her work has been featured on NPR, The Splendid Table, and StoryCorps.

Kristen Miglore abandoned a career in economics in 2007 to pursue a master’s degree in food studies from New York University and a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education. Her writing has since been published in The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and The Atlantic, and she was nominated for a James Beard Award for Food52’s Genius Recipes column in 2014. The column led to the Genius Recipes cookbook in 2015, which won an IACP award in 2016 and became a New York Times Best Seller. She lives in Brooklyn and usually has a pastry in her purse.

Award-winning cookbook author Raquel Pelzel is the Editorial Director for Cookbooks at Clarkson Potter. She has co-authored two dozen cookbooks including several of her own, such as: Sheet Pan Suppers—MeatlessToast: The Cookbook; and Eggplant for Short Stack Editions. Pelzel was formerly the Food Editor at Tasting Table and an editor and recipe developer for Cook’s Illustrated. Her next cookbook, Umami Bomb, comes out in 2019.

Adina Steiman is a James Beard Award-winning food editor and the Special Projects Editor of Epicurious. Previously, she was food editor at Men’s Health and senior editor at Martha Stewart Everyday Food, and also edited cookbooks at Clarkson Potter. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and lives in Brooklyn.

Photo: Bianca Moraes


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