Who We Are
Simply Recipes is here to help you cook delicious meals with less stress and more joy. We offer recipes and cooking advice for home cooks, by home cooks. Helping create “kitchen wins” is what we’re all about.
Simply Recipes was founded in 2003 by Elise Bauer as a home cooking blog to record her favorite family recipes. Today, Simply Recipes has grown into a trusted resource for home cooks with more than 3,000 tested recipes, guides, and meal plans, drawing over 15 million readers each month from around the world. We’re supported by a diverse group of recipe developers, food writers, recipe and product testers, photographers, and other creative professionals.
Elise Bauer was a busy Silicon Valley executive when she became sick with a flu that wouldn’t go away in 2001. In 2003, Elise moved home with her parents and lived with them for several years, recovering from chronic fatigue and documenting her parents’ cooking on Simply Recipes. (Here’s more of that story.) Over the years, what started as a small blog grew to reach millions of readers every month! In 2020, Simply Recipes was acquired by Dotdash Meredith, a New York-based media company.
Recipe Development & Testing
Our recipes primarily use fresh, unprocessed ingredients but we also believe there is a time and a place for canned, frozen, and other prepared ingredients. We believe in a diet that includes a wide variety of foods: real butter and cream, extra virgin olive oil, eggs, lots of fruits and vegetables, and protein from meat, fish, beans, and cheese. Plus cake for dessert.
There are three things we think about when deciding if a recipe is good enough to go on Simply Recipes:
First, does it work? Recipes need to be easy to follow and provide reliable results, every time.
Second, is it delicious? Does the dish make us smile inside and out? Do we want to eat the whole batch by ourselves?
Third, is it worth the effort? Do we want to make it again (and again and again)?
To make sure each of these standards is met, we start by working with expert recipe developers — people with the experience and knowledge to not only develop a good recipe in their own kitchens, but to make sure that recipe works in yours. Next, we thoroughly review and edit every recipe in-house line by line. Finally, each new recipe is run by our team of recipe testers working in home kitchens with the same pots, pans, and tools that you use in yours. Only after all this is the recipe shared on Simply Recipes.
Have feedback for us? We’d love to hear from you! Please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diversity & Inclusion
Everyone is welcome at the Simply Recipes table: people of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, ages, backgrounds, and abilities. We strive to be a resource for every home cook, and we consciously work to make this inclusion felt in every part of the site, from the individuals we hire to the recipes we share.
We’re not perfect, but we hope to get more right than we get wrong. Below is a summary of our 2021 anti-racism commitments at Simply Recipes. Read the full text HERE:
- Conduct an anti-bias review of our entirely library with a team of independent reviewers by June 2021, and plan for the remediation of any articles identified during this review.
- Establish clear processes for identifying, reporting, and addressing bias and cultural appropriation in our content going forward.
- Increase the diversity of our full-time and part-time teams.
- Invest at least 30% of our editorial monthly budget toward creating content covering diverse world cuisines.
- By the end of 2021, at least 30% of our new recipe videos will represent people of color.
- By the end of 2021, at least 25% of our monthly takeovers and cooking demos on Instagram will feature BIPOC.
- By the end of 2021, we commit to forming a partnership with a nonprofit organization that is aligned with our commitment to fighting bias in the food space.
Procedure for Reporting a Concern
If you have concerns about cultural appropriation, bias, or insensitivity in any of our articles, please let us know via email@example.com. Your concern will be reviewed by a member of our editorial team and by a member of our Anti-Bias Review Board. Once the best course of action is determined, we send a reply to your email letting you know how the matter is being addressed.
We review and approve every comment left on the site, and generally respond to questions within 1 to 3 days. When leaving comments, we ask that you think of Simply Recipes as our home. Constructive feedback is always welcome, but rude, mean, disrespectful, or spammy comments are not welcome and will not be approved.
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Meet the Team
Elspeth is the General Manager of Simply Recipes and Serious Eats. Previously she was the Editorial Director of Dotdash's Beauty & Style Group. Prior, Elspeth spent time in the travel world as a founding editor of TripSavvy, Dotdash’s travel brand, and editor at Luxury Escapes, an Australian eCommerce site based in Melbourne.
Elspeth's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Vogue, Playboy, and International and Australian Traveller. She's touched on food in many of her favorite pieces, including coverage on NYC restaurants turning into markets, her personal journey with sourdough, and the challenges of sustainable fisheries in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Elspeth graduated with a degree in Communications and Journalism from Fordham University.
Emma has over 10 years of experience creating food and cooking content for both web and print and another 5 years within the print publishing industry. She joined the Simply Recipes team in 2016 as Managing Editor, and later became Editor in Chief. She is the former Recipe Editor for Kitchn. In her career, she has been an editor, a writer, a recipe developer, a photographer, and a video producer.
Emma is the author of three books on home-brewing: True Brews, Brew Better Beer, and Modern Cider, and collaborated on the James Beard award-winning The Kitchn Cookbook. Her recipes and writing have been published in Kitchn, Fine Cooking, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere.
Summer has 20 years of publishing experience working in media across all of its platforms: magazine, newspaper, and digital. She has spent the last 12 years working exclusively in food media where she has worked as a recipe developer, recipe tester, food journalist, essayist, cookbook author, and public speaker. Her work has appeared in Eating Well, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Grit, and Edible Communities publications among others. Summer joined Simply Recipes in 2017 where she has worked as a recipe tester, developer, associate editor and senior editor for the organization.
Summer has won multiple awards for feature writing and social media campaigns throughout her career. Her book New Prairie Kitchen won the Nebraska Book Award for non-fiction in 2016 and Epicurious noted it as a “Need to Read” cookbook. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue, and volunteers as a host for Home Dish refugee dinners.
Andy is the Art Director for Simply Recipes. Before joining Simply Recipes, he served as Senior Art Director at Fantasy Flight Games, and previously Managing Art Director. He worked as a Marketing Assistant for Nomad Press/Nomad Communications, as well as illustrated several of their educational children’s books. Andy discovered his love of food and cooking while working as a line cook for Zanzibar Restaurant and Pub, where they created dishes inspired from regional flavors around the world.
Andy is experienced using visual art to convey story and emotion utilizing photography, illustration, design, and more. He graduated with an MFA from The Center for Cartoon Studies, and a BFA in Studio Art with Philosophy minor from University of Wisconsin–Stout.
Andy enjoys most anything that involves a good story, and is passionate about creating art in many forms. He lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two kids.
Milagros has been writing, editing, and developing recipes and content since 2015. Before joining the Simply Recipes team she taught kids cooking classes at The Dynamite Shop in Brooklyn where she worked with kids aged 7-14 on a range of different class topics—homemade pasta, baking, dinner club, and more. She loved working with this age group because it allowed her to think about food in ways that she could never imagine.
Milagros has also worked with print and digital brands and meal-kit delivery services. HelloFresh, Food Network Magazine, The Latin Kitchen, She Knows Media and Time Out New York are among some of the places she’s written, edited, and developed content for.
She has a passion for all things food—you can always find her watching a cooking show, making a new recipe or just showing someone new the joys of cooking.
Myo trained under James Beard Award winner, Chef Michael Anthony, while working at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Gramercy Tavern. Her recipes, writing, and food styling can be found on Food Network, Delish, Food52, Good Housekeeping Institute, and LIVEKINDLY. She collaborated on the cookbook, Delish Vegan Dinners, and the production of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, Worst Bakers in America, Valerie’s Home Cooking, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, and Girl Meets Farm. She hosted cooking lessons on Food Network Kitchen’s app.
When Myo became a mom to three boys, her cooking shifted to the same meal prep-worthy and nourishing dishes that she grew up eating as a Korean-Paraguayan.
Elise Bauer is the founder of SimplyRecipes.com. A blogging pioneer, Elise first created Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family’s recipes, and over the years grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Whether sharing recipes, explaining cooking techniques, or mentoring fellow bloggers, Elise at heart is an educator, and believes that by generously sharing what we know, everyone benefits.
Before diving into the food world she was a marketing executive in Silicon Valley for 17 years, with Internet startups as well companies such as Apple and Symantec.
Eric is the senior vice president of Dotdash's Food + Drink group. Before joining Dotdash in 2013, Eric spent 10 years working in lifestyle media at Condé Nast, where he led operations and finance for various brands including Epicurious, Gourmet, and Brides.com.
Prior to Conde Nast, he worked in the business department at the New York Press, as well as in commercial and TV production.
Eric is an avid home cook and lover of all things food-related. Although not professionally trained as a chef, he has taken dozens of recreational cooking classes. His current food obsession is perfecting his sourdough to get that perfect light and airy crumb with a dark and crispy crust.
Alison is the Associate Product Director for Dotdash Food + Drink and joined the company in 2018.
Prior to joining Dotdash, Alison worked as product manager at MyRecipes.com and CookingLight.com.
She first began her career in product management at Time Inc. in the lifestyle media group working on Health.com.
She studied at Lehigh University, graduating with a B.A. in journalism and global studies.
Nick leads design for Simply Recipes and the Dotdash Food + Drink group. He joined Dotdash in 2016 and has held several roles around the company since then.
He got his start in print design, making the switch to digital about a decade ago. Nick is focused on designing experiences that are both fun and easy to use. He received a BA from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. He recently moved to Charleston, SC and when not working you can usually find him in the garden.
Nick loves to try new things in the kitchen, a few years ago he attempted to cook a Christmas goose for his extended family and while it was an utter disaster, it was a good learning experience.
About Dotdash Meredith
Dotdash Meredith is the largest digital and print publisher in America. From mobile to magazines, nearly 200 million people trust us to help them make decisions, take action, and find inspiration. Dotdash Meredith's over 50 iconic brands include PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Verywell, FOOD & WINE, The Spruce, Allrecipes, Byrdie, REAL SIMPLE, Investopedia, Southern Living and more.
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