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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Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

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Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

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An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

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The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

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The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

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