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Sam Sifton’s No-Recipe Recipes

Photo: The New York Times
Author Sam Sifton.

Part of the joy of cooking comes from winging it. Sam Sifton of The New York Times and New York Times Cooking joins us to talk about ways home cooks can rely less on recipes and more on skill. You can cook! And you don’t always need a recipe. Sam’s got a career’s worth of tips to offer and plenty of guidance for pulling meals together from a simple ingredients list—no measurements—and the freedom and encouragement to substitute anything you like.

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Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.


Sam Sifton – Assistant Managing Editor at The New York Times and the Founding Editor of New York Times Cooking. Sam is the author of No-Recipe Recipes.

Featured Recipes:
Smashed Potatoes with Bacon, Cheddar and Greens
Seared Scallops with Parsley Salad

Robyn is the senior producer of Seasoned, a show celebrating food and farms. She’s filled in as a producer for several of our local shows, most notably, Where We Live. In 2021, she was part of the team that received first place in the Interview category from the Public Media Journalists Association for the episode “Who Owns History? Connecticut Woman Sues Harvard For Family Photos.” She produced The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® from November 2015 until the broadcast ended. Before that, she ate her way through the previous seven years of Fine Cooking magazine while its web producer. Robyn is food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.