About Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark is a food columnist for the New York Times and has written for Bon AppetitFood & WineEvery Day with Rachel Ray, and Martha Stewart, among others. After brief forays working as a caterer out of her fifth floor walk-up and as a line cook in a restaurant, Clark earned an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University and began her food writing career. In addition to her most recent title, Cook This Now, she’s written some dozens of other cookbooks, many of them in collaboration with some of New York’s most celebrated chefs. Clark lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Daniel, their daughter Dahlia, and their formerly cosseted cat. @clarkbar

Floral pasta bowl, filled with crab pasta, sprinkled with parsley and Parmesan. A cheese grater and larger bowl in the background.

Buttery Crab Pasta

Seafood pasta is always a little luxurious—even on Wednesday night, and even when the pasta in question is ready in half an hour.

A carved grilled leg of lamb on a wooden cutting board with a knife resting beside it.

Grilled Leg of Lamb

A leg of lamb that’s been slathered in French flavors. We’re swooning over how cultured—and sated—it makes us feel.

Sheet pan beef skewers piled on a foil-lined baking sheet with a dish of white sauce and lemon wedges.

Sheet Pan Beef Skewers

We like this recipe because it’s both kid-friendly and kid-chef-friendly. But it doesn’t taste like it, we promise…even the adults will clamor for more. Did we mention barely any cleanup?

A rimmed sheet pan with roast pork chops with peaches and cooked red onion.

Roast Pork Chops with Peaches

An easy, no-fuss, one-sheet meal of seasoned, roasted pork chops, peach wedges, and red onion. Another reason to be grateful for the summer season.

A casserole dish of baked mac and cheese with carrots.

Mac and Cheese with Carrots

Simple and, yes, a little sneaky, this kid-friendly, fuss-free, casserole-like mac and cheese melds Cheddar and carrot to healthful effect.