Hello and welcome to Cookery
Thank you so much for stopping by the site! If you are new to Cookery, 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.
How we got started
Cookery 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 Cookery. (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 Cookery 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.
Our latest addition to the Cookery team is Emma Christensen, our Managing Editor. Emma was formerly the recipe editor for The Kitchn and is the author of two cookbooks, True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Emma is a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts and Bryn Mawr College.
Cookery 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, former Boston Globe food editor Sheryl Julian, food blogger and videographer Lisa Lin of Healthy Nibbles and Bits, food blogger Megan Keno of Country Cleaver, food blogger Elizabeth Stark of Brooklyn Supper, 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.