I would love this recipe to end up in the cookbook and shared with others—it’d be great to have a Japanese dish represented—so if you have a moment, please vote! You’ll have to create a username, but I promise it’s pretty painless. You can also watch Amanda and Merrill cook the two finalist recipes here.
If you’re not familiar with Food 52, it’s a project started by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs. They have a call for submissions for different categories (like “Your Best Pancakes”) every week, asking people to send in their recipes. They narrow the submissions down to 2 and present it to the people for a vote. The winner will be included in a cookbook that will be printed at the completion of 1 year. I like this bottom-up approach because it’s a forum that celebrates the home cook—food that was modified, refined, or imagined in people’s home kitchen.
Like I said, there’s always a contest in the works. Right now they’re accepting submissions for “Your Best Broiled Steak” and “Your Best Polenta Recipe.” These kinds of contests only are as good as the recipes submitted, so if you have a killer dish I encourage you to share!
Thank you for voting!