As you might know, we test every recipe before recommending to our Gatheredtable customers. We know your time is valuable so we don’t want you to waste it on a recipe that is anything less than great. We often get asked where our recipes come from and if we develop them.
No, we don’t develop recipes. There are thousands of great cookbooks, blogs, recipe shows, and magazines that have hundreds of thousands of recipes. What we do is scour those sources and find our favorite version of each recipe to recommend to our customers.
Once we find recipes, we test each one and tweak it to make it just right for home cooks. We try to consolidate steps where possible and minimize ingredients so that you don’t have to. We rewrite the directions so that they are as simple as possible and put all the prep steps first (we hate getting halfway through a recipe before realizing that the garlic needs to be minced!).
Our test kitchen isn’t made up of professional chefs – it’s just us, normal people with a passion for cooking. We all have many other responsibilities here at Gatheredtable, but for two days every month, a few of us take over our test kitchen and boil, sear, sauté (and occasionally burn…) over 60 new recipes to add to our Recipe Library to recommend to you.
We are firm believers that anyone can make delicious food. You can do it, and we are here to inspire and help you. A key component of our recipe testing is the photography. We know that everyone eats with their eyes first, so we work hard to make sure every dish has a great photo to go with it.
But food photography is like anything else and we all get better with practice… and it often takes a couple tries to get it. Check out our favorite photos that took a little bit to get it right:
Take One…… and Take Two
Happy cooking and photographing,