Amanda Marikar

Amanda is a versatile writer and editor, specializing in digital media and communications, with a background in the food industry and the arts. After more than a decade working front-of-house in Michelin star restaurants in NYC, she has parlayed her love of cuisine into food writing and styling, recipe development, and ambitious home cheffing. As the descendent of Sri Lankan and New England heritage, she’s cultivated a palate for spicy curries (the hotter the better), nostalgic treasures (tomato aspic!), and gastronomic adventure. Amanda is captivated by exploring culture through cuisine, and has an entire shelf in her refrigerator dedicated to hot sauce.
The 7 Best New Snacks We Bought in 2022
Hot cheese dip! Frozen cookie dough! And some top-notch jerky!
Dec 31, 2022
The 9 Best Dinner Shortcuts We Bought in 2022
You'll be glad to have number 5 in your freezer.
Dec 18, 2022
3 Famous Pies You Can Have Delivered to Your Door This Thanksgiving
Including apple, pecan, and salty honey pie!
Nov 12, 2022
The $2 Trader Joe’s Grocery I Keep Stashed in My Freezer at All Times
Many cooks (chefs included!) find it superior to the fresh version.
Nov 4, 2022
The $4 Trader Joe’s Frozen Meals I Eat for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
They truly tick some satisfying boxes on a cold night.
Oct 24, 2022
I Finally Organized My Chaotic Pots and Pans, Thanks to This Simple TikTok Solution
Organizing Tips from Kitchn
A pro organizer shares her easy tip.
Sep 20, 2022
9 Secrets to Upgrading Your Kitchen on a Shoestring Budget, According to Design Pros
Smart renovation strategies straight from the pros.
Aug 26, 2022
10 Groceries I Buy to Feel Like I’m Back in France
Fresh bread! French butter! Tinned fish! And more!
Jul 25, 2022
I Swapped This Condiment in for Ketchup — And Have Zero Regrets
"Coincidentally, it’s from the makers of the only brand of ketchup that will do."
Jul 23, 2022
A Brief History of Hot Dogs — Including Why They’re Called Hot Dogs in the First Place
There are at least three plausible explanations for how the hot dog got its name.
May 21, 2022
I Can’t Stop Thinking About This Lidl Breakfast Pastry — And It’s Less than $1
It transported me to a Parisian café.
May 12, 2022
The $11 Pantry Staple That Adds Instant Flavor to Pasta, Salads, Sauces, and Even Toast
It can be both the star and secret ingredient in a dish.
May 11, 2022
6 South Asian Snacks I Buy on Repeat
Including my beloved Kraft Cheddar that comes in a tin.
May 10, 2022
10 Things You Should Know Before Shopping at Lidl for the First Time
It's worth a visit for the bakery alone!
Apr 15, 2022
The $2 Trader Joe’s Pantry Staple That Got Me Through the Winter
I'll be buying it through the spring, too.
Mar 24, 2022
11 Groceries My Sri Lankan Aunties Always Have on Hand
Spices! Dal! Jackfruit! And more!
Mar 6, 2022