Get to Know Us

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Who We Are

The Spruce Eats is packed with delicious recipes that work, cooking videos that show you exactly what to do, and actionable tips from both professional chefs and experienced home cooks. Our 20-year-strong library of more than 25,000 in-depth articles and recipes covers a variety of topics and cuisines, from classic French dishes to your favorite comfort foods. Our writers and recipe developers—chefs, cookbook authors, mixologists, and culinary school graduates—produce articles and recipes with useful, beautiful photography and valuable insights honed from years of hands-on work. Whether you’re looking to master a new-to-you cooking technique, upgrade your kitchen gear, or simply figure out what to make for dinner, The Spruce Eats shows you how.

Awards

  • 2018 Communicator Award, Winner, General Lifestyle
  • 2018 W3 Award, Silver Winner, Website Features, Visual Appeal - Experience
  • 2018 Davey Award, Silver Winner, Websites-Lifestyle

Meet the Editorial Team

Eric Handelsman
Eric Handelsman
General Manager & Vice President

Before joining The Spruce Eats in 2013, Eric spent 10 years working in lifestyle media at Condé Nast, where he led operations and finance for various brands including Epicurious, Gourmet, and Brides.com.

Prior to Conde Nast, he worked in the business department at the New York Press, as well as in commercial and TV production.

Eric is an avid home cook and lover of all things food-related. Although not professionally trained as a chef, he has taken dozens of recreational cooking classes.

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Heather Ramsdell
Heather Ramsdell
Editorial Director

Heather Ramsdell is an editor obsessed with improving everyday acts of cooking and eating. Before joining The Spruce Eats in 2019, she directed culinary content for Food Network’s digital kitchen, worked as a creative director at Whole Foods Market, and launched the FreshDirect website. Additionally, she has written articles and books about design and food.

Throughout her years in the food industry, she has also been a cook, recipe developer, photographer, and video producer.

Heather earned a B.A. from the Cooper Union, an M.A. in writing from City College, and studied cooking at La Varenne in France.

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Patty Lee
Patty Lee
Senior Editor

Patty is an Editor of The Spruce Eats and joined the company in 2018.

She has been an authority on where to eat and what to eat, covering restaurants, dining trends, and more for publications like Zagat, Rachael Ray Every Day, Food Network, PureWow, Thrillist, and MarthaStewart.com.

She got her start in the world of food writing as an editor for Time Out New York and worked previously as a features reporter at the New York Daily News.

Patty graduated from New York University with a degree in journalism.

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Jess Kapadia
Jess Kapadia
Food Editor

Jess is an Editor and contributing writer for The Spruce Eats and joined the company in 2019.

Before joining the site, Jess worked as Senior Editor for Food Republic, a Contributing Editor for Zester Daily, and a Community Editor for The Daily Meal.

She has contributed numerous articles introducing readers to basic ingredients and providing tips on how to cook with them.

Jess graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She also studied French and literature at the Université Paris-Sorbonne.

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Alison Mango
Senior Product Manager

Alison is the Senior Product Manager for The Spruce family of brands and joined the company in 2018.

Prior to joining Dotdash, Alison worked as product manager at MyRecipes.com and CookingLight.com.

She first began her career in product management at Time Inc. in the lifestyle media group working on Health.com.

She studied at Lehigh University, graduating with a B.A. in journalism and global studies.

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Meet Some of Our Writers

All of our writers were carefully chosen for their extensive experience in their subject areas.

Diana Rattray
Diana Rattray

Diana is an avid home cook and foodie with a passion for Southern and regional cooking and food history. She has been writing for The Spruce Eats since 2017, but has been developing new recipes and writing about food since 1996.

Last year, 600,000 people made her sweet potato casserole for the holidays (and that’s just one of nearly 4,000 published recipes).

She’s the author of two cookbooks, "Guide to Southern Cooking" and "The Everything Southern Cookbook."

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Danlio Alfaro
Danilo Alfaro

Danilo was a professional chef for over 15 years. He has written about food and cooking over a decade. He has been writing for The Spruce Eats since its launch in 2017.

After graduating from culinary school at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Danilo honed his skills cooking in upscale restaurants and a high-end catering company before launching his personal chef business—which specialized in gourmet dinner parties—in 2004.

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Vidya Rao
Food Writer

Vidya Rao is a freelance writer and culinary enthusiast with over a decade of experience.

She was previously the editorial lead for Uber Eats, where she developed a series about immigrant chefs that received over 40 million video views. Prior to that, she was the senior food editor at The TODAY Show, where she interviewed chefs, developed the food vertical, and produced videos, leading her to attend culinary school. After culinary school, she spent a year working in New York City restaurants.

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Colleen Graham
Colleen Graham

Colleen Graham is a cookbook author with over 10 years of experience in the food-writing and recipe development world. She is a cocktail expert and professional bartender. She has been writing for The Spruce Eats since it launched in 2017, and has been with About.com since 2006.

In her 12 years of professional cookbook writing and recipe development experience, she has published over 900 recipes and two books about cocktails. 

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Elaine Lemm
Elaine Lemm

Elaine Lemm is a renowned British food writer, classically trained chef, teacher, and author with over 25 years of experience writing about British food and cooking.

She trained at the Ritz-Escoffier Ecole de Gastronomie in Paris and Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Oxford under renowned chef Raymond Blanc. She has served as the food and wine editor at Yorkshire Life Magazine and was restaurant critic for the Yorkshire Post newspaper for more than 20 years.

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Editorial Guidelines

At The Spruce Eats, we take great pride in the quality of our content. Our writers create original, accurate, engaging content that is free of ethical concerns or conflicts. If you ever come across an article that you think needs to be improved, please reach out by emailing contact@thespruceeats.com.

Diversity & Inclusion

At The Spruce Eats, our mission is to help everyone make their best meal. We are committed to helping all people - regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, culture, geography, body type, ability, or experience.  

We are invested in working with diverse writers, recipe developers and testers, expert sources, illustrators, photographers, on screen talent, and more to create, edit, and enhance our content—not just on isolated topics of race, but across our brands’ coverage. 

Read Our Diversity Pledge to learn more about our promise of equality, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Comments

The Spruce Eats partnered with Disqus to add a comment section to our recipes. Through comments, The Spruce Eats is looking to foster a safe place for readers to share feedback, tips, and thoughts about recipes they have tried. Comments are moderated. Our comment guidelines are simple: If a comment is respectful and relevant, it will be published. If a comment is disrespectful, not relevant to the article, from an untrustworthy source or spammy, it will not be published.

Recipe Badges

We know that finding the right recipe for weeknight dinners or holiday feasts can be tricky. Some recipes look great on paper, but the end result is disappointing. To help make picking the perfect recipe a little bit easier, we launched Recipe Badges. You’ll find these badges on our top recipes—as voted by our community or hand selected by our editors. These tried-and-true dishes are ones we return to over and over again and we know you’ll love them, too.

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Editor's Choice

These recipes have been recently updated with brand new step-by-step images and have been tested by staff members or trusted partners. Our community members have rated these recipes an average of 4 stars or higher.

Community Pick

These recipes are ones that our community loves! They have been made over and over again by our readers and have received over 10 ratings from site visitors. Our community members have rated these recipes an average of 4.5 stars or higher.

Product Reviews

Our product reviews are independent and based on research and product testing—if you visit links within our content, we may receive commissions from your purchases, but we never receive any compensation or consideration for the content of our recommendations. Learn more about our review process here.

About Dotdash

The Spruce Eats is part of the Dotdash publishing family. Dotdash brands help people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We reach over 100 million people each month, more than 35% of the U.S. online population, according to comScore, and are one of the largest content publishers on the Internet. Dotdash brands collectively have won more than 50 industry awards in the last year alone, and are among the fastest-growing in their categories. Our brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Spruce, The Balance, Byrdie, MyDomaine, Brides, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com, Treehugger and ThoughtCo.

Here is an overview of our properties:

Verywell (Health and Wellness): The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, take a human approach to health and wellness content and are a welcome alternative to hyper-clinical health sites. More than 34 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.

Investopedia (Investing and Financial Education): Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investing skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches nearly 19 million people each month.

The Spruce (Home and Food): The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts combine inspiration with how-to advice to help users create homes they love. Collectively, The Spruce sites reach over 44 million people each month.

The Balance (Personal Finance): The Balance family of brands, including The Balance, The Balance Careers, and The Balance Small Business, deliver clear, practical, and straightforward personal financial advice to 19 million people each month.

Byrdie (Beauty): Byrdie is dedicated to all things beauty, inside and out. From hair and makeup to health and wellness, Byrdie takes a fresh, no-nonsense approach to feeling and looking your best. Byrdie reaches over six million people each month.

MyDomaine (Lifestyle): MyDomaine makes an aspirational life achievable—and affordable—with curated home-design inspiration, quick and fresh recipes, and healthy relationship advice that awaken a life well lived. MyDomaine reaches over two million people each month.

Brides (Lifestyle): Brides inspires and guides our two million monthly users as they make decisions from pre-engagement through the honeymoon. Brides is committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings, with every type of couple, every type of wedding, and every type of celebration.

Lifewire (Tech): Lifewire provides helpful, actionable tech tips, advice, and answers, without confusing jargon. Lifewire helps nearly nine million people each month get the most out of their technology.

TripSavvy (Travel): TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. We help over two million people each month have the best travel experiences.

Liquor.com (Home and Food): Liquor.com is dedicated to good drinking and great living. We inspire, entertain and educate over three million people each month interested in what happens in the glass and out of it.

TreeHugger (Sustainability): Treehugger is the only modern sustainability site that offers advice, clarity, and inspiration for both the eco-savvy and the green living novice. With more than three million monthly users, Treehugger is one of the world’s largest information sites dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

Thoughtco (Education and Information): ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps nearly eight million people a month become lifelong learners.

Source: comScore, April 2020 US

Dotdash Press

Read about Dotdash and our family of brands in the news.