I’ve been editing these DIY posts on The Feed for a few months now, and it’s been so satisfying to watch each one evolve from a cook’s inspiration to a tested, published recipe. The best part, however, is watching readers put the recipes to work in their own kitchens. As such, we’re going to devote a few of the next DIY blog posts to the bloggers and home cooks who’ve tried their hand at our recipes and then showed us the tasty (and often beautiful) results. If you’ve tackled a recipe or two yourself, don’t hesitate to send photos or your blog post to us at firstname.lastname@example.org; you could be featured here!
Justin Manjourides is an intrepid home cook who is tearing his way through the recipes in our DIY Cookbook. He’s focusing on recipes that are “a little more involved and require some patience and precision.” Given his career as a professor of Biostatistics at Northeastern University, the fact that he’s drawn to complex recipes isn’t exactly surprising.
Justin told me that what he finds most appealing about the intricate DIY recipes is that “there’s something satisfying about investing a serious amount of time to make better versions of foods that are often just purchased pre-made. It’s interesting to see how everyday things like American Cheese or more exotic things like Horchata are actually made.”
Justin liked the DIY Preserved Lemons so much that he found himself putting them on almost everything he ate. And his homemade Gravlax blew away anything one could buy in the store because he used the freshest, highest-quality salmon he could find.
As for his future DIY plans, Justin hopes to “slowly acquire all of the ingredients necessary to make my current favorite drink, sweet vermouth. But in the short term, I’m planning on making a really spicy Thai Green Curry.”
Get the recipes for Gravlax, Horchata, and 100+ more in the DIY Cookbook.