About Simply Recipes

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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.

Our History

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.

Additionally, at Simply Recipes, we aspire to provide the highest quality content produced by humans, for humans. It is against our guidelines to publish automatically generated content using AI (artificial intelligence) writing tools such as ChatGPT.

Have feedback for us? We’d love to hear from you! Please contact the team at contact@simplyrecipes.com.

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. For a full look at our 2023 Diversity & Inclusion commitments and a recap of our commitments and progress from previous years, please see HERE.

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 contact@simplyrecipes.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.

Product Reviews

Our product reviews and recommendations are independent and based on extensive research and product testing. If you visit links within our content, we may receive commissions from your purchases.

Learn more about our review process here.

Meet the Team

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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 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.

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Emma Christensen

General Manager
Ariel Knutson

Before joining Dotdash Meredith in 2021, Arie spent eight years working at Kitchn where she launched and led their news and features program. In addition to editing, Arie has worked as a freelance writer, recipe developer, social media editor, and was once the maître d' at a three-star Michelin restaurant in New York. She’s also a graduate of the culinary techniques program at the International Culinary Center.

As an editor, Arie is passionate about the food and cooking stories that center people, place, and culture. She’s currently working on perfecting her cardamom bun recipe, and will never say no to a scoop of ice cream.

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Ariel Knutson

Editorial Director, News, Food, & Drink
Brooke Schuldt

Brooke is the Associate Social Director at Simply Recipes, where she manages brand growth across Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Flipboard, as well as big-picture strategy and influencer marketing. 

Brooke spent two years as the Social Media Editor at The Spruce Eats as well as two years at Real Simple prior to joining Simply Recipes in 2021. She has worked as a writer, print and digital editor, social media manager, and production assistant at various other brands, including SHAPE, Fitness Magazine, BRIDES, Thrillist, and Parents.

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Brooke Schuldt

Associate Social Director
Myo Quinn

Myo trained under James Beard Award winner, Chef Michael Anthony, while working at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Gramercy Tavern, and Untitled at the Whitney Museum. Her recipes, writing, and food styling can be found on King Arthur Baking, Food Network, Delish, Food52, Good Housekeeping Institute, and LIVEKINDLY. She worked on 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, and hosted videos 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.

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Myo Quinn

Senior Editor, News & Features
Sara Bir

Sara began contributing to Simply Recipes in 2018. She's been writing recipes since 2000, teaching cooking classes since 2008, and giving foraging presentations since 2015. She was the founding food editor for the pop culture Paste Magazine.

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Sara Bir

Senior Editor
Laurel Randolph

Laurel has been a recipe developer and food writer for over 10 years. She has written for The Spruce Eats, Food52, Los Angeles Magazine, EatingWell, Eaten Magazine, Serious Eats, Insider, Paste Magazine, and more. She is the author of four cookbooks, including the bestseller The Instant Pot Electric Cookbook and The Unofficial Simpsons Cookbook. She began writing for Simply Recipes in early 2021.

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Laurel Randolph

Sarah Crowder - Simply Recipes Art Director

Sarah’s love of food and photography grew during her time as a vegetable farmer on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. After moving to Brooklyn over a decade ago, she began freelancing as a content creator and photographer, and in 2017, she accepted her first in-house position. She has since worked for a variety of commercial and editorial brands, including Milk Bar and Food & Wine, and is now an art director for Simply Recipes.

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Sarah Crowder

Art Director
Wanda Abraham

Wanda has been writing, developing and photographing recipes since 2017. Her love for food started early on as she watched her great-grandmother create amazing masterpieces in the kitchen. Following in her grandmother’s footsteps, she started the food blog "Tried and True Bakes" and has been pursuing new flavors and culinary experiences ever since.

After leaving her position in college admissions, Wanda received her cooking certificate from Leith’s School of Food and Wine and started a career in production.

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Wanda Abraham

Visual Editor
Abby Rose Notarnicola

Abby Rose Notarnicola, a recent graduate from George Washington University, looks forward to combining her appetite for cooking and her enthusiasm for writing to create stories and recipes as Simply Recipes summer 2023 editorial intern.

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Abby Rose Notarnicola

Editorial Intern, News & Features
Elise Bauer

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.

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Elise Bauer

Eric Handelsman

Eric is the senior vice president of Dotdash Meredith's Food + Drink group. Before joining Dotdash Meredith 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.

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Eric Handelsman

Senior Vice President, Dotdash Meredith Food + Drink
Alison Mango

Alison is the Associate Product Director for Dotdash Meredith Food + Drink and joined the company in 2018.

Prior to joining Dotdash Meredith, 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.

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Alison Mango

Associate Product Director, Dotdash Meredith Food + Drink
Nick Reiter

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.

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Nick Reiter

Associate Design Director, Dotdash Meredith Food + Drink

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.

Dotdash Meredith Press

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Meet Our Senior Management Team

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Contact Us

Have something you’d like to let us know? Whether you have a comment on a recipe or an idea to share, we would love to hear from you: contact@simplyrecipes.com.

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We are always on the lookout for new expert voices to join our team of recipe developers and writers. Please submit pitches along with three examples of your published work (print or online) and a brief bio to write@simplyrecipes.com.

  • We accept pitches for recipes, how-tos, tips, and technique-driven posts.
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