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

A rimmed sheet pan with roast pork 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.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 35 M
  • 2
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.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 10
Two slices of spiced maple pecan pie in a metal pie plate on a kitchen towel.

Spiced Maple Pecan Pie with Star Anise

Here’s a nifty little trick. Reduce maple syrup until sticky, infuse it with spice, and rely on it to impart its ridiculously intense essence to pecan pie.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 4 H, 20 M
  • 3
Blood Oranges

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake

Ah, blood orange olive oil cake. It’s moist, dense, and full of citrusy goodness. It makes a perfect ending to a meal or, even better, a great start to the day.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 17
Un-Pumpkin Pumpkin Pie

Caramelized Butternut Squash Pie

What’s an un-pumpkin pumpkin pie? It’s pie made with caramelized butternut squash, spices, and a splash of brandy. It’s subtly different than the classic yet still oh so perfect for Thanksgiving.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 2 H, 35 M
  • 0
Perfect Pie Crust

Perfect Pie Crust

This easy pie crust is just that: Easy. High-fat European butter gives it its richness and superb flakiness. Use this pie crust for all your baking.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 5