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I Invent Recipes for a Living—Here’s How

I have my own dream job: I get to develop recipes and write about food for a living. (I pinch myself every single morning.) And while I've only been doing so in a formal capacity for about two months now (I started here at Food52 back in early August), inventing—and testing—recipes is something I've done my whole life, and very seriously for the past decade.

How recipes get developed is a topic with as many answers as there are, well, cooks in the kitchen. There is of course no correct or incorrect way to do it—it's a matter of personal preference and temperament. On top of that, my own methodology is constantly evolving the more I cook and the more I learn from others who cook, or from others who write about food, culture, or anything really (looking at you, Heartburn).


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