After years of testing recipes, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs have discovered that the best meals come not from professional chefs at gourmet restaurants, but from the kitchens of home cooks, where practicality and inventiveness take center stage. At Food52.com, skilled home cooks submit recipes and participate in a lively online community, competing each week by sending in their "best" recipe within a particular category-always seasonally appropriate. Amanda and Merrill choose the finalists, then readers vote on the best recipe. All the 104 winning recipes are featured in the book, along with dozens of "wild card" favorites. Each recipe is carefully edited and beautifully photographed so that the book has the quality and gorgeousness of a professional cookbook while keeping the warm voice and community feel of a family recipe collection.