about

I’m a cook, food writer and recipe developer based in New York. Since 2019 I’ve been a recipe contributor to The New York Times, and I’m the creator of the site you find yourself on now: LideyLikes, a collection of recipes, cooking ideas, and musings on entertaining. 

As a kid, meals at my house weren’t big occasions, with one important exception: family dinners at my grandparents’. My whole extended family would gather in the dining room (my cousins and siblings and I at the nearby “kids’ table”) for a feast my grandfather had spent all day making. There was something about those dinnersthe pot of red sauce simmering away on the stove, the endless platters of pasta and salad, and the grownups’ laughter as they lingered at the table long after dinner–that first introduced me to the power of food.  

I made the occasional batch of cookies or loaf of banana bread growing up, but it wasn’t until college that I started to cook more frequently, my friends and I trying our hands at various dishes and recipes in our communal kitchen. These haphazard gatherings slowly morphed into a tradition of meals around a crowded  table with mismatched silverware, cheap red wine and the fruits of our labor. These dinners reminded me of those early family gatherings and the ability home cooking has to bring people together.

After graduating from college in 2013, I moved to East Hampton, New York, where I began my food career as Ina Garten’s assistant. I started as her social media manager but learned to test and develop recipes along the way. Then in 2020, after 6 years with the Barefoot Contessa family, I was ready for a new adventure. I spent the summer and fall working for  another chef I had long admired, Erin French at The Lost Kitchen in Maine. I also got to appear on Magnolia Network’s The Lost Kitchen TV series…nerve wracking at first as I fumbled my way through breaking down chickens on camera, but by the end of the season, I could do it with my eyes closed (don’t worry I didn’t!)

Today I’m continuing to grow LideyLikes, which now includes a community of more than 100k followers, subscribers and readers. I’ve also been lucky enough to have my work featured in Food & Wine, Food Network Magazine, Delish and The Kitchn

When I’m not testing recipes, you can find me reading, day-dreaming about moving upstate, and  eating my way through Brooklyn with my fiancé Joe and our Welsh Terrier, Winkie.

For brand and media inquiries, please contact Daisy Zeijlon at dz@inthewings.com.

17 Comments
  1. Can’t wait to make your Kale Apple Slaw!! I’ve had a similar a similar salad at a restaurant in Newport, RI which I fell in love with and I’ve been dying to find the copy cat recipe- this one might just be it!

    My sister and I love you and Ina (the perfect pair)!!

  2. Dear Lidey,
    Your recipe for the baked goat cheese with dried figs, honey and pistachios was such a hit with my family and friends that I made it twice in one week! I would love to serve it in the same copper pan you have pictured…any ideas on where to get one? Or, at least will you share the dimensions and I will hunt one down! Thanks so much…love your work!

    1. Hi Patti! I am thrilled to hear the dip was a hit!! Thanks so much for trying the recipe. I actually borrowed the copper pan I used, but I will see what I can find out about it for you!

      1. Thanks so much, Lidey! I have shared this recipe and the url to your site with a cast of thousands! So good! I served mine in a small gratin dish and it wasn’t even close to your presentation. If you could let me know how big that copper pan is, I will hunt one down. (Mauviel has an 8 inch.)

  3. Hello Lidey,.. congrats on working with Ina ! Can I ask where you purchased the vintage coral artwork I saw displayed on Barefoot Contessa’s episode.. Welcome Cocktail Party ?
    thank you so much,
    L. Trotter

  4. The spaghetti with sweet corn pesto was amazing & so fun to make. The panko crusted topping is everything! I heard you & Ina on Katie Couric’s podcast and was inspired by your story. Congrats on your success. Cheers!

  5. Hi Lidey! I’m trying to see the recipie for your Moroccan chicken chili with butternut squash. When you click on the link under the main courses section the link takes you to the cheese board in the appetizer section. Hopefully it’s some technical glitch.

  6. Yummy!!! My Dad recently had a stroke and the fresh ideas really help! Can’t wait to have him over and cook your recipes #littlesalt #healthy Thank you!

  7. Thanks Lidey for your posts. I am new to blogging and love to eat a variety of foods. Your site has inspired me to pursue blogging even further and wet my palate! Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Hi Lidey. I have just started a website for recipes because I like to share. I don’t sell any so I just got the free domain and learning as I go because I know nothing about websites. I notice you have a website similar to what I have and I would like to ask you…..Do you have to pay anything for this site (host, premium, or whatever). I don’t know how you set up your recipes so if anyone wants to print they just print the recipe and not the whole blog. I have tried to put plugin – Easy Recipes – but they want me to do premium which right now I don’t think is feasible for what I want to do. I would appreciate any help you can give me on which one you are using. Thanks Judy

  9. I remember watching you several years ago on Ina’s show. How lucky you are to have such a dream job!! I followed Ina’s directions to your site, mainly for the Greek Grain Salad but ended up printing several of your recipes. I like the simpleness of your recipes..not too many ingredients and of course the use of fresh produce. My garden here in Urbanna, VA is going great guns and I love finding recipes in which I can use my own garden vegetables.
    I will be watching your page from now on. Love seeing a young person who loves to cook!!