Maggie Shi
Maggie Shi is a deputy editor at RealSimple.com, where she covers food, money, and work & life. She's never met a vegetable she didn't like and is obsessed with anything edible, which currently includes breakfast tacos, boiled peanuts, and hot lobster rolls (extra meat, lots of butter, and a toasty bun, please).



Previous roles include stints at Epicurious, the Food Network, Martha Stewart, and (oddly) MTV. She lives in New York City but fantasizes about a house on the Maine coast and hopes to fulfill her dream of going clamming someday.

Recent Posts By Maggie Shi

The Easiest Way to Cook Bacon for a Crowd

I love serving bacon when I’m hosting a brunch, but I hate standing over the stove, frying up slices while my guests salivate hungrily, waiting for each precious strip. The easiest way to cook bacon for a crowd? Bake it in the oven. Here’s how: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking […]

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A Crunchy New Snack You’ll Love

Move over, wasabi peas—I’ve found something even better. I recently sampled Saffron Road’s crunchy chickpeas in three different flavors—Bombay Spice, Falafel, and yes, Wasabi. The Wasabi definitely packs a big punch of heat (I was pleasantly surprised), Bombay Spice boasts a tongue-tingling blend of paprika, garlic, onion, and turmeric, and Falafel—my favorite—has a nice balance of heat along with traditional […]

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What Do You Think About GMO Labeling?

You’ve probably heard a lot about GMOs these days. Genetically Modified Organisms—foods that have had their genes altered artificially—are everywhere in our restaurants and supermarkets, and you’re probably not even aware of it (the majority of the corn and soy grown in the U.S.  has been genetically modified to make them hardier, faster-growing, or more insect- or disease-resistant). That’s because […]

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What to Do With Leftover Hard-Boiled Eggs

Easter egg dyeing, decorating, and hunting has probably left you with an abundance of hard-boiled eggs. You can slice them into a Cobb salad or chop them up for egg salad, but there’s nothing more delicious (or trendy, these days) than the classic deviled egg. To add some zip to the traditional recipe, try some of the following variations: -Stir […]

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How to Cook Salmon

Salmon is one of my favorite things to eat and prepare; it has loads of flavor, is full of healthy omega-3s, and cooks up really quickly (I always buy wild salmon, not farmed; and I’m more likely to order salmon on a restaurant menu if it’s wild. Here’s why wild salmon is better than farmed.) A lot of people find […]

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In the Garden of Beasts: Part 6 to the End

Hello, Bookies! We’ve come to the end—did your opinions about anyone/anything change in this final section? I really gained a lot of respect for Dodd, particularly when he returns to the U.S. and continues to speak out against Hitler and the Nazis, trying to warn the world about Germany’s plans for domination. It seems like he was the lone voice […]

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In the Garden of Beasts: Parts 4 and 5

In the next few chapters, we really see tensions between Germany and the U.S. grow stronger as Hitler’s power intensifies and poor Ambassador Dodd is once again caught in the middle. We also see how life in Germany is spinning out of control: the controversial Reichstag arson trial,  increasing discrimination against Jews, and escalating surveillance/spying and paranoia among the German […]

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Month of Dinners Blog Relay Day 17: Turkey Cutlet Sandwiches With Oven Fries

It’s my turn to pick up the baton (Knife? Spatula? Apron?) in our Month of Dinners Blog Relay. I made the Turkey Cutlet Sandwiches With Oven Fries, a recipe that far exceeded my expectations. My sandwich-making skills are pretty straightforward—layer on some cold cuts, cheese, mustard or some type of tasty spread (no mayo, please), lettuce and tomato, and maybe […]

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In the Garden of Beasts: Parts 1, 2, and 3

Hi, Bookies! Hope you’re enjoying the book so far. I admit, it started off a little slowly for me, but once the Dodds got settled in Germany things really started to pick up. As the book went on, I was surprised that we got very little about Mrs. Dodd. I wanted to hear more from her unique perspective, and I […]

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Welcome to the October Book Club

Hello, Bookies! I’m Maggie Shi, deputy editor for RealSimple.com, somewhat-obsessive pinner on a few of the Real Simple Pinterest boards, and semi-delinquent blogger over in the food section of Simply Stated. I’m excited to be leading my second book club discussion (in October, my favorite month!) and am eager to jump into Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts. I […]

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