Chiyo Ueyama, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Chiyo Ueyama has tested.

First and foremost, Chiyo Ueyama loves to eat. She grew up in a three-generation household where food was the most frequent conversation starter. Meal prep was always in progress in the small urban kitchen where written recipes were rarely seen.

Fast forward to 2008, all grown up and still thinking a lot about food, she stumbled upon Leite’s Culinaria during a random recipe search and became a recipe tester. Having no experience in professional cooking or a background in formal culinary education, she calls herself an “enthusiastic home cook” and embraces her small minimally equipped kitchen. Her tools for testing and reviewing recipes are her inquisitiveness and love of words. (Visit museums much? She has many years of experience writing and editing descriptions of artwork, like those labels you see in exhibition spaces.) She credits her longevity with Leite’s Culinaria to her friends who are always happy to serve as “tasters,” and are good sports when the results are less than impressive.

Some of her favorites on Leite’s Culinaria are Spiced Maple Pecan Pie with Star Anise, Moroccan Lentil Soup, Orange Olive Oil Cake, Stir-Fried Lettuce, Buttermilk Drop Biscuits, Lemon and Thyme Risotto, Brown Butter Financiers, Smoky Chipotle Vegetarian Chili, Masala Chai Crème Brûlée, and Bacon Peanut Brittle.

A blue background with a white bowl filled with sliced peaches, tomatoes, red onions, basil, and chunks of bread.

Tomato and Peach Panzanella

Tomato and peach panzanella may sound unlikely but it’ll knock your socks off. If you’re not wearing socks this time of year, then it’ll knock your flip-flops off. Guaranteed.

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.

Three cheese and chile naan bread, drizzled with butter, in a metal dish on a wooden table, beside pieces of naan.

Naan Bread with Cheese and Chiles

Naan bread is good. Really, really good. And then GBBO’s Chetna Makan takes it up a notch with cheese and chiles, making us rethink everything we knew about flavor.

A large pot of pasta and chickpea soup, with a full white bowl next to it and a plate of shredded white parmesan.

Pasta e Ceci

In an hour, you can have a hearty, healthy, and incredibly tasty pot of this traditional Roman soup—or stew, if you prefer. Blended chickpeas get thick in an instant.

A loaf of unsliced whole wheat bread sitting on a yellow cutting board with a blue-handled knife beside it

Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

A standard loaf for beginner and experienced bakers alike, this whole wheat bread recipe turns out a superb product—tender crumb, chewy crust, and nutty flavor.

A blue-speckled bowl filled with Indian spiced shrimp, garnished with cilantro and served with flatbread.

Indian Spiced Shrimp

Fragrant with cumin, coriander, turmeric, and chili powder, this quick shrimp recipe is sufficiently spicy for adults yet tame enough for kids.

A sliced rib eye on an oval platter with anchovy butter drizzled over the top and a fork resting on the side.

Rib Eye with Anchovy Butter

Summer is for steaks—big beefy steaks. Grill one to perfection then top with a lemony and salty pat of life-changing magic. Seriously. You’re going to slather it on everything.