Helena Pereira, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Helena Pereira has tested.

Lisbon-born Helena Pereira believes her penchant for great food comes from being Portuguese, a cuisine that’s marvelously rich in unique flavors and enormous variety. She humbly asserts it’s the best in the world!

Like many, Helena learned to cook at her mother’s side, and her love of cooking has accompanied her all her life. She has acquired many cookbooks and in 2012 created the blog Cooking from Books. There Helena has been preparing and presenting many wonderful recipes.

In 2015, she and her family went to live in Miami, where they stayed for about two years. It was there that she first saw David’s website and discovered his program of testing recipes before he published them. This was something she’d never seen in Portugal or in Europe. The idea of contributing to the site and getting early access to high-quality content and recipes appealed to her, so she joined the testing team, a relationship that lasts to today.

The first recipe she tested was Cacio and Pepe, one of her favorites, but many others are dishes that she very much enjoys: Chocolate Salami | Salame de Chocolate; World Peace Cookies | Korova Cookies; Grilled Peach, Basil, and Walnut SaladSerrano Ham-Chicken Fritters, and Walnut Baklava.

Helena is now back in Lisbon, where she lives with her family. You can also find her on Instagram at cookingbooks.

A partially-eaten chocolate souffle in a round white ceramic dish.

Chocolate Soufflé

If you’ve been hesitant to make chocolate souffle out of fear, worry not. This easy version is guaranteed to reach lofty heights. A no-stress, high-stakes dessert. We show you how.

Several of Dorie Greenspan's rugelach tumbling our of a jar

Dorie Greenspan’s Rugelach

These butter and cream cheese pastries are filled with cinnamon-sugared nuts, a slick of jam, currants, and a handful of chopped chocolate.

A pale blue bowl filled with white bean hummus, topped with parsley, olives, seeds, and oil

White Bean Hummus

Change up your hummus game with this white bean version that’s served with a fresh herb, olive, and seed topping.

Several pieces of coffee coffee cake stacked on a wire rack, with a cup of coffee next to them.

Edd Kimber’s Coffee Coffee Cake

A streusel-sprinkled coffee cake that lives up to its namesake ingredient thanks to an espresso-laced ribbon through the cake. This cakey brilliance is brought to you by Edd Kimber.

Several plates with slices of pistachio-lime polenta cake topped with confectioners' sugar and chopped pistachios

Pistachio-Lime Polenta Cake

This lime-infused polenta cake boasts a light texture and rich, buttery flavor. It’s perfect for teatime or dessert, but we won’t judge if you sneak a slice for breakfast.

A black sesame and lime cake covered with sugar glaze, lime zest, and black sesame seeds on top

Black Sesame and Lime Cake

This cake from Great British Bake-Off contestant Chetna Makan offers a bright and citrusy punch, thanks to lime and orange zest. Black sesame seeds offer a pleasant crunch.

A sheet of parchment paper topped with chocolate truffles and a sifter of cocoa powder on the side.

Spiced Chocolate Truffles

At last, spiced chocolate truffles made with dark chocolate that taste delectable, are easy to make, and—believe it!—nutrient dense. Our prayers have been answered.

Sablés Breton with crosshatched tops, in two rows, on a crinkled sheet of parchment paper.

Sablés Breton

This seemingly simple little biscuit from France will wow you with its flaky, buttery perfection. Fantastique!

A bulb of roasted garlic with the top cut off, a sheet of aluminium foil in the background.

Easy Roasted Garlic

If you’ve been waiting for a sign that you should start roasting your own garlic, consider this it. Once you taste it, you’ll wonder why you waited.

A metal skillet filled with creamy pasta covered with shredded Parmesan and cracked pepper, with a large serving spoon. A bowl of Parmesan and a pepper mill sit beside it.

Cacio e Pepe

This crazy satisfying, ridiculously cheap, pantry-minded dinner consists of just pasta, cheese, oil, salt, pepper, and a nifty technique.

A terracotta dish filled with potatoes, feta, black olives, and tomatoes.

Potatoes with Tomatoes and Feta

A deeply spiced, but not spicy, Turkish potato and tomato casserole that makes a superb side dish. Serve with yogurt, lemon, and even a sprinkle of nuts.

An eggplant kebab on a tortilla with fresh spinach, garlic sauce, and cabbage.

Eggplant Kebabs

A healthy, veggie-packed dinner that’s most magnificent during the height of summer. No turning on the stove required.

Two pieces of buttered toast, one with strawberry jam, on a white plate.

Small Batch Strawberry Jam

Here’s a recipe for a small batch of strawberry jam, without all the fuss of traditional canning. Ready in less than an hour, with all the lush taste of peak strawberry season.

A bowl of German-style potato salad with a fork resting in it.

German-Style Potato Salad

Served warm and without mayo, you might not recognize this as your standby potato salad but let us implore you—just try it. It’s divine.

Two bowls of rice and curried chickpeas with two forks and a yellow cloth on the side.

Curried Chickpeas ~ Chana Masala

Easy, inexpensive, not too spicy, comforting as heck, and made with ingredients you probably already have. It also just so happens to be vegan and gluten-free.