simmeris one of my favorite words. I love the way it sounds and feels. A double entendre, simmer most often describes food – something on the edge of boiling, but also sometimes describes an idea – something mulling in your mind, not quite fully formed, just simmering. I like it because it’s an in-between state; something not yet complete and full of possibility. I started the site in 2010 after selling Canto 6 Bakery, which I co-founded in 2006. I thought about making a career switch, but instead of applying to grad school or at least registering for the GREs, everyday I found myself back in the kitchen. SIMMER, an online cookbook and recipe journal, is where I document what I’ve been making. The site has two indexes. One, the usual “Index,” sorts the recipes into culinary categories. It’s the place to go if you’re looking for say a brunch idea. The other, “Seasons,” sorts the recipes seasonality to help you shop and cook with what’s fresh. Simmer is a work in progress, so check back often for new recipes.  Subscribe to simmer by adding your email on the right.

alexgrew up in Edmonton, Alberta, the heart of the Canadian prairies, famous for wheat fields, oil, and a really big mall. My parents are great cooks and adventurous eaters, and once I moved out, I realized how fortunate I was to have grown up eating veggies from the garden and having tried sushi and samosas and countless other fun foods that weren’t as common in the 1980s. I studied psychology at McGill in Montreal, where I spent my free time sampling raw milk cheeses, finding the best tire d’erable, and making cookies in my tinsy, ill-equipped, fire engine red kitchen. I lived in Boston on and off from 1999 to 2012, when I packed up my pup and moved West to Oakland, CA.  I’ve worked in and around food since graduating from McGill in 2004, and these days I’m most interested in food policy, particularly school food.   Email questions and comments to alexemmott[at]gmail[dot]com.

boston?You’re right – I’m not there anymore!  But I miss the people and the food and it’s definitely the place where I learned the most about cooking (and maybe life in general.)  It’s been more than 2 years now since I transplanted West to Oakland, and I’m loving living in a place where figs and lemons grown in the back yard!

recipescome from various sources. Some are mine, some are from cookbooks, magazines, and online. If the recipe’s original source is not me, I always give credit. “Adapted from” means I made a couple of changes, and “inspired by” means I changed a lot or used the idea, but not the recipe. I want the recipes on this site to be as accessible as possible, which doesn’t mean they’re all easy – many require multiple steps and more than one pot. It just means I want to avoid impossible to find or overly expensive ingredients and (hopefully) lay things out as clearly as possible. Please email me at alexemmott[at]gmail[dot]com if you have questions or something isn’t coming out the way you want it to. Many of my baking recipes are in grams (see here for explanation, info on scales, and conversions.)

photos are taken in my kitchen using my Nikon D40x with a 50mm lens. In terms of style, I like food to look like food; to look like something that came from my kitchen and could come from yours.  Fresh ingredients and good recipes look beautiful just as they are, even tipsy, messy, and drippy.

  1. I accidentally wandered onto your site, and love all the recipes, and it’s so pretty too. Can’t wait to try some of this food, it looks so delicious. – jill

  2. Hello,

    Your site is awesome. Just happened to run across it (I clicked on it once I googled stresel) and there I find shortbread crust, which I have been yearning for since I ate a pear tarte a while back. Your pictures are truly divine –
    I am so excited to try some recipes. Thank you for sharing.

    God Bless you richly,
    Loretta Penoli

  3. Your site is awesome, everything looks spectacular and delicious. I do not eat meat so your site appealed to me with all the vegetable options and creativeness.
    Looking forward to using your site often.

  4. Hi. Just happened onto your site looking for a bok choy recipe. I found the Bok Choy with Ginger Lime dressing. Incredible! I posted the recipe (linked to your web page) onto my facebook page. My husband and I look forward to trying more recipes from your site. Particularly the sweet potato pancakes! Thank you!

  5. Susanne Clermont
    March 29, 2015, 2:16 pm

    I miss your lovely recipes. Truly, I was just looking at your work and truly this blog is my all time favorite. I want to cook everything that I see for Jonny and know that he will be impressed. Boston misses you! Cheers, Susanne

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