9 American Classics That Are Better Than Ever

Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Rodriguez/Food 52.
by Sarah Jampel

One of the most fun — and frustrating — parts about cooking is that just when you think you've perfected your favorite recipe, you try someone else's version and realize there's more that can be done. Your fried chicken could be crunchier, your cheeseburger could be more flavorful, your chicken salad could be more interesting.

There's always more to learn, but luckily, we have Ashley Rodriguez — the writer and photographer behind Not Without Salt — to do some of this work for us. She's been cracking the code on our favorite comfort foods, figuring out what makes them lovable and then tweaking them so they're even better.

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