Food52: A delicious crowd-sourcing experiment

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New York Times food columnist Amanda Hesser and freelance food writer Merrill Stubbs have cooked up the first crowd-sourced cookbook experiment, Food52.

Are you harboring a tasty recipe you can't wait to share with the world?

Well, here's your chance to do just that.

Soon, cooks can take part in a delicious culinary experiment: the first crowd-sourced cookbook.

The idea for the collaborative cookbook experiment, Food52, was cooked up by New York Times food columnist Amanda Hesser and freelance food writer and recipe-tester Merrill Stubbs. The Brooklyn culinary team will list two new cookbook categories each week over the course of 52 weeks and ask online contributors to submit their best recipes pertaining to these categories. This week, for example, the categories are "Your best grilled pork recipe" and "Your best watermelon recipe."

After the recipes are submitted, both Ms. Hesser and Ms. Stubbs will choose their top two favorites from each category and prepare them. The Internet community will then vote among the remaining finalists to determine whose recipes will appear in a cookbook to be published by Harper Studio.

The website, which is currently in private beta-mode and will launch in public beta-mode on September 15, features colorful recipes contributed by novice cooks worldwide as well as a blog written by Hesser and Stubbs. (See what the site looks like over at TechCrunch.)

For now, you can request an invitation to the site by submitting your e-mail address here.

Here, Hesser and Stubbs cook their top two favorite shrimp recipes submitted by the community." type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="230" width="400">

What are your thoughts on the first crowd-sourced cookbook? Will you contribute a recipe to the project? Leave a comment below or tell us on Twitter.

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