Get to Know Us

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About The Spruce Eats

Food happens to us—every single day. It bumps up against everything else we care about: family, health, budget, schedule…and our happiness. 

Fellow cooks, we see you because we’re not just food editors, we are you. Sure, we’ve worked in publishing, restaurant kitchens, TV studios, grocery stores, and meal kit companies. But we’re also parents, dog-walkers, commuters, shoppers, homeowners—people who love food as much as we need it, just like you.

We are that reliable friend who cooks with you by your side, showing you exactly how a recipe plays out, step by step. We’re answering your questions. We’re here when you need a soft boiled egg, when you’re perfecting pilau, when you’re on a budget and throwing a party anyways, when you’re 11 and you need a snack, when you’ve just moved in with vegans, when someone gives you an Instant Pot, and when you’re pledging to eat less of this and more of that. We want you to be the first one invited to the potluck.

Listen, we’ve been at this for a while. The Spruce Eats evolved from a 25-year archive of recipes generated by chefs, teachers, cookbook writers, home cooks, food makers, and more. And all that content? It’s alive. We’re constantly updating and testing it. And, we’re constantly adding to it. We have well over 10,000 recipes. But right now you only need one. One that works. The one you’re looking for—maybe the one you didn’t even know you wanted.

The Spruce Eats is here to meet cooks wherever you are, and to show you the way.

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
General Manager & Vice President
Eric Handelsman

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
Senior Editorial Director
Heather Ramsdell

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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Adriana Velez
Senior Editor
Adriana Velez

Adriana is Senior Editor for The Spruce Eats, where she works with a team of editors, recipe developers, and food writers in creating the wide range of recipes, explainers, and articles that make your life more delicious, no matter what your cooking skill level.

Previously she was Senior Editor of Food and Drink at Thrillist (where she and her team were nominated for a James Beard award). Her writing has been featured in Serious Eats, Healthyish/Bon Appetit, Martha Stewart, and The Washington Post.

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Victoria Heydt
Editorial Project Manager
Victoria Heydt

Victoria is the Editorial Project Manager for the Spruce Eats. She is also an experienced recipe developer, tester and food photographer. She is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, during which time, she was a recipe tester with chef Sara Moulton. Victoria has also worked as a prep cook at Huertas, a Spanish tapas restaurant in New York City's East Village.  

Victoria was a Writer, Contributing Editor and Recipe Tester with the Spruce Eats since 2017 before becoming the team's project manager.

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Kysha Harris
Food Editor
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Kysha is beyond excited to be an Editor on the talented team of The Spruce Eats. She works with recipe developers, food writers and content creators in developing impactful recipes and helpful cooking guides.

Kysha Harris is a 20-year food entrepreneur with a passion for the business of food. She brings a wealth of ideas about menu planning, cooking, recipe development, editing, producing and business. After a decade in entertainment and advertising, working with top creative and business executives at Def Jam, Universal Music and Pictures and Deutsch Advertising, Kysha began her now two-decade, entrepreneurial food career with SCHOP! (shop+chop), a personalized in-home food business.

Kysha also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, majoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Go Quakers!

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Kristin Stangl
Food Editor
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Kristin is an Editor at the Spruce Eats, working with a team of photographers and recipe developers to create delicious, image-driven recipes and cooking guides.

Prior to joining the Spruce Eats, Kristin was a food stylist in New York City on photo and video shoots in both the editorial and commercial sectors for companies such as Bon Appétit, Food Network, and Ben & Jerry's. She also worked as a freelance recipe developer and tester for a variety of editorial publications.

Kristin graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics; as well as a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law and a Masters in Mathematics Education from St. John's University.

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Lauryn Bodden
Associate Food Editor
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Lauryn is Associate Food Editor for The Spruce Eats, creating recipes and cooking guides for all palates and expertise.

She's worked her way around the industry between professional kitchens, brands, and media companies, combining her experiences and interactions to lead her where she is today. Lauryn attended culinary school at Institute of Culinary Education, expanding her knowledge of the industry. Over the years, Lauryn worked her way around the line in professional kitchens for both pastry and savory before joining forces with cookbook author and TV host Gail Simmons, working as an executive and culinary assistant. In this role, Lauryn honed her knowledge of recipe development, food styling, social marketing, brand partnerships, and menu development.

Before joining The Spruce Eats, Lauryn worked at a major meal kit as an assistant editor and food stylist.

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Todd Coleman
Creative Content Director, Social
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Todd is the Creative Content Director for social media at Dotdash, working across The Spruce Eats, TripSavvy, Liquor.com and TreeHugger.

Todd has seen every side of the media and food world—behind the lens, on the page, and beyond. He has been everything from executive food editor at Saveur and creative director at Tasting Table to producer at the Food Network and shooter-writer-editor for everything from travel stories to cookbooks. He’s also an Instagram star (with over 100,000 followers!)

Todd received an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America.

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Mariana Gonzalez
Email Editor, Food and Drink
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Mariana's introduction to digital publishing was through writing, primarily in the form of culture criticism and essays. Naturally, she's most drawn to all the places where the world of food intersects with larger social and political trends. She spends a lot of time thinking about the ways our cultures and identities inform the way we cook, eat, and share food. You can find her writing all over the internet.

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Alison Mango
Senior Product Manager
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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 Our Medical Reviewers

All of our medical reviewers were carefully chosen for extensive experience in nutrition and health, and review our recipes and articles for health and nutrition claims.

Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD
Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD

Tamara Melton, MS, RDN, LD is a registered dietitian and educator with over 15 years of experience in nutrition communications and program development. Tamara owns TSM Nutrition Consultants, where she works with organizations to create evidence-based nutrition and health education content for consumers. She is a former Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics media spokesperson, and has been featured in dozens of print and digital media spots, including NPR, CNN, and more. Tamara has written articles on food and nutrition-related topics for Self and Health magazines. Tamara also speaks frequently on nutrition-related topics.

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Elizabeth Ward, MS, RDN
Elizabeth Ward, MS, RDN

Elizabeth Ward, MS, RDN is a registered dietitian and experienced nutrition communicator who has educated people about nutrition for nearly 15 years. Her counseling experience prepared her to translate the science of nutrition into practical advice in her career as a writer, consultant, and public speaker. She is the author of several books about nutrition and health, and has been writing for magazines and online sites for nearly two decades.

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Meet Some of Our Writers

All of our writers were carefully chosen for 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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Danilo Alfaro
Danlio 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
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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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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 proof is in the pudding. 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 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.

editor's choice and community pick badges for the spruce eats

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.

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 awakens 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

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