About Simply Recipes

Elise Bauer

Simply Recipes founder Elise Bauer

Hello and welcome to Simply Recipes

Thank you so much for stopping by the site! If you are new to Simply Recipes, the one thing you should know about us is that we are obsessed with creating scratch cooking recipes that you will love.

Recipes that work

There are two things we think about when deciding if a recipe is good enough to go on the site.

First, does it work? Does the dish make us smile inside and out? Do we want to eat the whole batch by ourselves? 

Second, if the dish tastes great, is it worth the effort? Do we want to make it again (and again and again)?

This is what we strive for—recipes you can rely on to work every time and be worth your time, effort, and $$ to make!

Do you have a recipe binder or a box of recipe cards? Think of this site as us sharing our recipe box with you. Our recipes are all tested in our own kitchens, usually several times.

Please try the recipes and if you have a question or constructive feedback, let us know about it in the comments to the recipe.

Elise Bauer and parents

Elise with her parents Tom and Alice Bauer

How we got started

Simply Recipes was founded by Elise Bauer in 2003 as a blog to keep track of the recipes she was learning to cook from her parents in Carmichael, California.

Elise had been a busy Silicon Valley executive when in 2001 she became sick with a flu that wouldn’t go away. In 2003 Elise moved home with her parents (then in their 70s, now in their 80s) to help recover. Elise lived with her parents for several years, recovering from chronic fatigue and documenting her parents’ cooking on Simply Recipes. (Here’s more of that story.)

Fast forward to today

The company that started in 2003 in Elise’s parents’ kitchen has grown to reach millions of site visitors every month! When we started, there were only a handful of food blogs and websites sharing recipes online. Our goal was (and still is) to encourage people to cook at home, and to make the process of feeding your family and loved ones less intimidating and more enjoyable.

In 2016, after 13 years of running Simply Recipes solo, Elise decided she wanted to work with a team and collaborate with others as devoted as she is to high quality, accessible, home cooking. Simply Recipes joined forces with Fexy Media, a Seattle-based media company who also owns Serious Eats and Road Food. (See the announcement.)

The team

Our latest addition to the Simply Recipes team is Emma Christensen, our Managing Editor. Emma was formerly the recipe editor for The Kitchn and is the author of three cookbooks, True Brews, Brew Better Beer, and Modern Cider. Emma is a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts and Bryn Mawr College.

Emma Christensen

Managing Editor Emma Christensen

Simply Recipes is blessed to have several talented writers and recipe developers contributing recipes to the site. You’ll find recipes from James Beard award winning Hank Shaw of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, author Garrett McCord, food blogger and author Irvin Lin of Eat the Love, Boston Globe food writer Sally Vargas, food blogger and videographer Lisa Lin of Healthy Nibbles and Bits, food blogger Megan Keno of Country Cleaver, and food blogger Sabrina Modelle of The Tomato Tart, among others.

These days Elise cooks less with her parents and more often with friends, including her French sweetheart Guy who was raised in Provence, as well as Chef Kathi Riley who cooked for many years at the Zuni Cafe and Chez Panisse.


Where we get the recipes

For several years now, we’ve been developing recipes in-house, inspired by what is growing in the garden, and seasonal produce we find at the market.

If you look through the archives though, you’ll find many old family recipes, and recipes Elise’s family has over 30 years pulled from cookbooks, magazines, and newspaper clippings.

If we have pulled a recipe from another source, we try to attribute that source where we can (sometimes it’s hard when you only have a clipping).

The recipes we share use mostly whole food ingredients and only occasionally a few things from cans or prepared foods. We believe in a varied, healthy diet, using real butter, real cream, eggs, lots of green vegetables, and protein from meat, fish, beans, and cheese.

Recipe testing

Since we are developing recipes in our home kitchens, all of our recipes are made with the home cook in mind. We want you to love our recipes as much as we do! Since not every home kitchen is set up the same way, as of early 2017, we now do an extra round of recipe testing with a team of recipe testers who work from their home kitchens. They make and give feedback on each new recipe that goes up on Simply Recipes, making sure it’s perfect before it goes out the door.

About comments

Comments are open on the most recent recipes and posts. When leaving comments, we ask that you think of this website as our home. Please don’t say anything on this site that you wouldn’t, as an invited guest, say in someone’s home. Constructive criticism is welcome, as we all benefit from such advice.

Questions are also welcome; we will attempt to answer them in a timely manner. Before you ask a question, please check to see if you question has already been addressed in either the recipe introduction or comments other people have made.

Rude, mean, or obnoxious comments are not welcome and will not be approved to post (we will gently escort a misbehaving guest out of the house). Overly self-promotional or spammy comments will also not be approved to post. Please restrict your comments to the topic at hand, for the benefit of all who may be reading.


Simply Recipes was noted in Time Magazine as being a “great resource for cooks”. We aspire to be just that, a great resource for you and others who love to cook. For more press mentions see the Press and Awards section of the website.

Advertising and Amazon Links

From time to time we may link to Amazon.com to help you find where you can easily buy kitchen tools or books we recommend.

We do receive a small commission for any sales made from these links. These commissions, plus any fees from ads that are displayed on the site, support the running of Simply Recipes.

If you are an advertiser or brand and are interested in working with Simply Recipes, we would love to talk with you. Please see the information on Advertise on Simply Recipes.

Strawberries on Simply Recipes


Simply Recipes either owns the copyright or has the rights to use all photographs on the site. Please contact us to obtain permission if you would like to use a photo on this site (contact info is below).

In general we don’t mind if our photos are republished on other sites as long as there is a link back to the recipe from which the photo is taken, and as long as the recipe itself is not also published with the photograph.

Use of Our Recipes

If you love one of our recipes on Simply Recipes and would like to share it on your own website, please 1) re-write the instructions in your own unique words (rather than copying and pasting ours), 2) write your own headnotes (do not copy ours), 3) credit the recipe author by name, and 4) provide a working link back to the source recipe on SimplyRecipes.com.

We ask that you rewrite the recipes in your own words because Google penalizes sites when they see duplicate content on the web, making it more difficult for readers to find our recipes using Google search.

Elise Bauer

Contact us

Elise Bauer can be reached through email at elise AT simplyrecipes {dot] com. Emma Christensen can be reached through email at emma AT simplyrecipes {dot} com. You can also find us on Twitter, on Instagram, PinterestFacebook, and Snapchat.

Thanks so much for visiting Simply Recipes!