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Emily Farris

Senior Commerce Writer

Emily Farris has been writing about food and home decor for nearly 20 years, and shopping online just as long. As senior commerce writer at Epicurious, she covers cleaning, kitchen safety, decor, cocktails, and grilling, and she’s always on the lookout for products that are both functional and beautiful. Emily’s writing has appeared in Bon Appétit, Clever, Gourmet, Food52, Eater, The Cut, Hunker, Lifehacker, The Spruce Eats, Cool Hunting, BuzzFeed, Culture, Kitchn, What’s Up Moms, Elle Decor, Women’s Wear Daily, Midwest Living, THE BUST DIY Guide to Life (2011) and Charlotte Druckman’s Women on Food (2019), among other publications. She’s also developed, styled, and photographed recipes for Anova Culinary and Food Network. While living in Brooklyn in the early aughts, Emily hosted an annual casserole competition for midwestern transplants and at age 26, she published a casserole cookbook with a now-defunct Penguin imprint. She is currently working on an essay collection about her late-in-life ADHD diagnosis (Hachette, 2024). Emily lives in a century-old bungalow in Kansas City, MO with her husband, two young sons, one rowdy rescue mutt, and three backyard chickens. When she’s not testing products in the kitchen, she works from a fancy shed behind her house (where she also hosts the Mother Mother Podcast). Emily loathes fruit (except for citrus) and doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but they let her work at Epi anyway.

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Pull up a chair for dinner parties, family meals, and game nights. 

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Supply chain issues made me do it.

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The Secret to Styling Your Home Bar

It works even if you don't have a dedicated cart or cabinet. 

How to Turn Any Grill Into a Rotisserie Grill

Spoiler: It's as simple as ordering a kit. 

The Most Stylish Eco-Friendly Picnic Supplies

For when it's cool enough to go outside again. 

The Best Portable Induction Cooktop for Stove-Free Cooking

Curious about induction cooking? We tested a few top-rated portable induction cooktops and found the best one for boiling, browning, and frying.

The Kansas City Barbecue Rub I Use in Everything

It's like an all-purpose seasoning for meat, poultry, vegetables, eggs, and even salad dressing. 

The One Cleaning Product I’m Telling Everybody to Buy on Prime Day

This wet-dry vac is life-changing for parents, pet owners, and messy cooks alike. And it’s 30% off right now.

The Best Baking Sheets Tested and Reviewed

There are few items you'll use more in the kitchen than a baking sheet, so you better make yours a good one.

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Nerd out over smoking stats with the Meater Plus.

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With the shaved ice attachment, watermelon slushes are in your future—all summer long.

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They can save your hands. And your dinner.

This Colorful Scrubby Cloth Can Replace All of Your Dish Washing Tools

It’s machine washable and dishwasher-safe too.

The Best Kamado Grill for Hard Core Grillmasters and Smoking Beginners

They're big, they're heavy, they cook amazing food.

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We tested models from Miele, Shark, Dyson, and other top brands to see what could pick up our worst messes.

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You can even use it to sous vide.

The Best Watering Can for All Your Gardening Needs

Indoor plants, outdoor plants, we cover them all (with water).

Use a Fan to Repel Mosquitoes When You Eat Outside This Summer

It's the safest option—and it really works. 

These Fancy Napkin Rings Are a Bit Much and That's Why I Love Them

They make me want to be the kind of person who uses napkin rings.