Susan Spungen

Susan Spungen is a cook, food stylist, recipe developer, editor, and author. More

Susan Spungen is a cook, food stylist, recipe developer, editor, and author. She is the author of Recipes: A Collection for the Modern Cook and co-author of Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook. Susan was the Culinary Consultant and Food Stylist on Julie and Julia, the upcoming feature film.
  • When Butter is Better

    Americans tend to prefer foods browned. But as Julia Child knew, sometimes food tastes better with butter.

  • Recipe: Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Port

    I've streamlined Julia's recipe by combining the variation in Mastering the Art of French Cooking with the master recipe. I have also rewritten it to correspond more closely to the recipe as it is cooked in Julie & Julia.

  • Hollywood Meets the Food World

    Actors, chefs, and food writers at the Julie and Julia premiere. SLIDE SHOW  I

  • Recipe: Tarte Tatin

    I wrote up this recipe at the end of filming for inclusion in the cast and crew cookbook that was compiled as a gift to everyone and distributed at the wrap party. It may seem long, but I am including a lot of detail on technique so you won't make any wrong turns in the recipe.

  • How to Cook for the Camera

    Food stylists make dishes that are easy to chew and don't stick in an actor's teeth.

  • Recipe: Tomato Bruschetta

    Now that tomatoes really are in season, or will be any day now, this is the thing to make. As with any dish with just a few simple ingredients, the quality of the ingredients and technique are key.

  • Getting Food Ready For Its Close-Up

    In the film version of Julie & Julia, the food has to look just right.

  • Recipe: Julia Child-Inspired Twice-Baked Potatoes

    These are more all-American than French, but straightforward and delicious in that very Julia way. Don't skimp on the butter--that's what makes them taste so good.

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Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

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Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

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Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

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A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

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Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

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