Meet Alyssa

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Alyssa Rivers, published cookbook author of The Tried and True Cookbook‘ and I am the foodie behind The Recipe Critic. This website launched in 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. The Recipe Critic is home to thousands of recipes that have been tried, tested, and approved by the world’s most honest critics… Kids and families from all over the world.

My goal is to provide families with quick and easy meals that don’t sacrifice taste. From slow cooker meals to one-pot meals, air fryer recipes, baked casseroles, grilled delights, and desserts galore, my recipes are everything that you need! Your family and guests will keep coming back for more!

Alyssa Rivers cooking chicken in her kitchen.

The Website

As a kid, my grandma taught me the art of baking from scratch – pancakes, bread, and cookies were her specialties. Those early kitchen adventures sparked a lifelong passion for creating delicious meals. Fast forward to adulthood, with four kids of my own, I realized I wanted to share that same joy of cooking with others. And so, The Recipe Critic was born.

At The Recipe Critic, my goal is simple: to make cooking accessible and enjoyable for everyone. I specialize in crafting recipes that are not only easy and budget-friendly but also bursting with flavor. Whether it’s whipping up a family-favorite like Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken or indulging in this refreshing a No-Bake Key Lime Pie, there’s something here for every palate.

Join me on this culinary journey by browsing my recipe index where every dish is made with love and designed to bring people together around the table.

Alyssa Rivers in her kitchen eating an egg salad sandwich.

Contact Me

The Recipe Critic has grown and blossomed to become a huge part of my life. The Recipe Critic’s consumer awareness and social media presence continues to grow, with millions of page views a month, 12 million Facebook followers, 300K Pinterest followers, and over 200K followers on Instagram. If you want to receive curated emails with all of my favorite recipes and seasonal ideas sent straight to your email, don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter!

I have been featured in Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Delish, Today Food, Good Morning America, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, the Deseret News, the Salt Lake Tribune, and KSL Studio 5 . I have also worked with several brands such as McCormick, Pillsbury, Quaker, Lucky Leaf, Cache Valley Cheese, Kroger, Hidden Valley Ranch, Reynolds and Rubbermaid.

If you have any questions, comments or would like to collaborate with me, feel free to reach out to Alyssa(at)