This is the best and most exhausting thing I’ve ever cooked: Duck confit over mascarpone polenta with a duck stock gastrique (for my culinary school midterm). I will probably never do it again because I don’t have 24 spare hours to hate myself.
You might be here because you love to eat.
ME TOO. And I hope you’re hungry, because I am here to bring you delicious, beautiful, totally doable food all day long.
I understand that for most people it’s IMPOSSIBLE to find time to cook — for good reason. Please know that I eat Special K with Red Berries for dinner at least two nights a week, sometimes also for breakfast and lunch. (My time management skills are lacking. Cereal is easy.) But I truly believe cooking can bring you great pleasure, that it can help you feel satisfaction when other things in life are frustrating. It can help you save money, make new friends, spend time with your family, lose weight, and achieve eternal salvation from a higher being. That last one was a lie. Sorry.
And anyway, you don’t have to be a wannabe professional chef to like it here. Maybe you just want to discover a hamburger-shaped bed to sleep in, look at pictures of pasta, or read about the newest abomination in Oreo flavors. That makes sense. But I am also going to try to get you to cook. You’ll find food here that I hope you’ll like so much that you’ll try to make it at home, and then make it again and again — until you can do it with your eyes closed — because that’s how, all of a sudden, you’ll be great. Eventually you won’t feel constrained to recipes, but there will be things here you can use as a jumping off point and you will share ideas here, and everyone will end up better fed.
A word about the recipes you’ll find on BuzzFeed Food: Spending time and money on a meal that turns out gross is the worst. I will do everything I can to make sure that never happens with the food you find on this site — including step by step photos and video demos. You’ll also find booze, dinner party ideas, coffee geekery, meat piles, ice geekery, twee desserts, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food, more booze, and a full-on food-lover’s bonanza come Thanksgiving. (It’s our Super Bowl!)
This is a duck egg pasta carbonara — part of the same meal as the confit — and the first time I made pasta by hand. But most importantly, how cool is that plate? There will be cool tabletop stuff here, too.
Another thing you will find here is the voice of chefs, because they are the most courageous, badass people in the world. Celebrity or not, award-winning or not, most of them work 16-hour days in a tortuous combination of manual labor and creative ambition, dedicating their lives to food, usually at the peril of some critic — civilian, or professional — who calls herself a foodie but would have no idea how to feed 250 paying customers in a night. Oh, that’s me!
On that note, about me: I worked at Bon Appétit for six years, mostly running the magazine’s website, which I helped launch in 2008. I went to culinary school at the French Culinary Institute (where I consistently lit my coursebook on fire and brilliantly displayed that aforementioned lack of time management skills). I learned a lot about food thanks to tough chefs, generous mentors, and hanging out in the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen. So it’s fair to say that have a little street cred, but mostly I hail from the Internet. (And from Oklahoma City. Boomer.)
Enough about me. For the most part, you are the best part of BuzzFeed Food. Before we even launched, I picked up cooking tips from commenters and laughed at someone who said, via Facebook, that Tiny Eggs Benedict should be shot. Your voice is essential here, so please send me story ideas, tweet me a link to your Pinterest food board and share pictures in the comments.
I’ll leave you with a list of what you can expect from BuzzFeed Food — in pictures, of course.
1. Useful GIFs
3. Reasons to bring lunch to work,
7. and food without gluten.
10. Stuff you probably don’t need,
(like this thing that makes a hot dog out of hamburger meat)
11. and how to know what stuff you do need.
12. Mice that say nom
13. and cats that say nom.
14. Tiny food
Fried mac and cheese pockets! [8 Tiny Comfort Foods You Can Eat In One Bite]
15. Enormous food
17. An acknowledgement of where our food comes from,
San Pedro Cholula Market San Pedro Cholula, Mexico (October 28, 2011)
18. and a respect for seasonality. Here, a demonstration by way of pizza. This is spring pizza:
this is summer pizza,
This is a Penicillin, created by New York bartender Sam Ross. It is something to look forward to as fall turns to winter, and Serious Eats once published a home-friendly version of his recipe: First make a quick honey syrup by combining equal parts honey and hot water and stir until well mixed, then let cool slightly. Next, muddle fresh ginger in a cocktail shaker, add 2 oz of scotch (lightly peated), 3⁄4 oz. fresh lemon juice, 3/4 oz. honey syrup, and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass (you might need to double strain through a fine sieve to remove small flecks of ginger), and pour 1/4 ounce of Islay single malt scotch (such as Laphroaig) over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats on the drink. Garnish with candied ginger.
20. including booze in disguise,
21. and hangover remedies.
24. There will even be cute knives.
25. Movies that could be improved by bacon
26. Unexpected fancy flavor combinations
Chef Chris Cosentino’s strawberry-fava bean salad
27. Unexpected fancy flavor dispensers
28. Old-school classic French techniques
The “ancestry of chou paste” from a 1961 edition of “Living” magazine, from the closet of food stylist Victoria Granof. More on this tree soon.
29. New-school Internet techniques