Butternut Squash Tart with Pomegranate-Cranberry Glaze

November 20, 2016

This tart is a real showstopper for Thanksgiving or Christmas- the ruby red glaze shines like a mirror, and adds a tangy counterpoint to a more traditional “pumpkin pie” flavor. It can be made a few days ahead of time, and glazed the day you want to serve it. It holds well after it’s glazed…

Butternut Squash Tart with Pomegranate-Cranberry Glaze

Brussels Sprout and Farro Salad

November 7, 2014

The greenmarket is a constant source for inspiration. Right now it’s full of Brussels sprouts on their stalks. I recently picked one up and made this salad of raw and roasted Brussels sprouts with farro and parmesan. I liked it enough to put it on the list of possible Thanksgiving side dishes this year. Use…

Brussels Sprouts Stalk

Strawberry Soba Noodle Salad

July 24, 2014

It may be a tad late in the (strawberry) season to be posting this, but it’s not too late to make this salad, which is perfect for this hot time of year. It’s a recipe I created for my Short Stack edition, which was published last year, that combines some rather unusual flavors to great…

Short Stack-2

5 Ways to Keep a Kitchen Renovation on Track

June 25, 2013

My new kitchen, all framed out! Finally, a space I can walk in, rather than just imagine in a drawing. The three windows on the right will be in the kitchen and the two on the left are the dining room. A peninsula with the cook top will divide the two. Since March, I’ve been building…

Susan Spungen for Food52

Short Stack Editions

June 4, 2013

I’m proud to announce a new collaboration with Short Stack Editions! Short Stack is a series of small-format cookbooks about inspiring ingredients, authored by America’s top culinary talents. Each edition is a collectible, single-subject, 50-page booklet packed with recipes that offer ingenious new ways to cook our favorite ingredients. I developed a cookbook around one…


Designing Smart Kitchen Storage

May 1, 2013

Originally published on Food52 As an avid and active home cook, and a food professional who uses her home kitchen as her workspace, the biggest thing I find lacking in my ordinary, kind of well-organized kitchen is good storage space. Here’s a view of my cramped yet efficient kitchen. It requires constant effort to keep…

Susan Spungen - The Dream Kitchen

Building the Dream Kitchen

March 27, 2013

I recently bought a new weekend house in Amagansett, NY, aka The Hamptons. The most thrilling thing about this is that I am finally getting to build my “dream kitchen” from scratch. I’ve been working around food my entire professional life, and have been working freelance, using both my small NYC apartment kitchen and my…

Susan Spungen

Food and Wine covers

February 22, 2013

It’s always nice to be trusted with styling a cover for a food magazine, and I get to do so often, but in the case of the 35th anniversary March issue of Food & Wine magazine, I ended up with THREE covers! Sometimes magazines set aside a separate day to shoot covers, usually a reinterpretation…

Food and Wine


November 15, 2012

I love shopping for fresh greens for a shoot – there is always something new and in season to discover.  I found these greens at the Union Square farmer’s market for Bon Appetit with photographers Gentl and Hyers.  The real challenge is finding something for the magazine’s lead time, often 2 or 3 months in advance…

Gentl and Hyers for Bon Appetit

Tomato Soup

October 6, 2012

Admit it, you’re sick of tomatoes by the time the squash, kale, and apples start calling your name. I am too, kind of, but the truth is, they are at their most abundant and flavorful at this time of year, and keep on hanging on until the first hard frost. They are also at their…

Tomato Soup by Susan Spungen