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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | Oh BBQ - I Wish I Knew How to Quit You

Michelle Mannix

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August is a month for celebrating which, for us, means copious quantities of marvelously messy food enjoyed among friends. And while we’re relishing this season of infinite napkins and zero cutlery, replete with Brooklyn beer crawls,  fried chicken fiestas, and all you can eat ice cream extravaganzas, we realize this hedonistic bliss may not be as sustainable as we’d hope come September (no more summer fridays to nap off the food comas).

So, as well as investigating the latest local delicacies of the leafier variety we’re adding some courses designed to get you feeling your fiercest self come back to work season. Check out some of our favorites from  Ayurvedic Cooking to our Market to Tableworkshop, before they all sell out!

 

#lifebeyondtherecipe
 

WHERE WE’RE FUELING OUR BODIES, OUR SOULS & OUR COMMUNITIES THIS SATURDAY

At Black VegFest, the first ever vegan festival in Brooklyn that celebrates multicultural veganism and highlights the work of the black community, women of color, LatinX, LGBTQ and indigenous peoples within and beyond veganism.

 

THE FOOD TRUCK WE’RE TRACKING DOWN

There are thousands of mobile meal distributors in this city, some great, some….meh. Here’s one we’re totally into.

 

A SELF CARE RITUAL THAT INVOLVES GAS STATION FRIED CHICKEN…

…is one we can get behind. How hospitality activist Ashtin Berry winds down.

 

THE KITCHEN CREW CASE WE’RE CHAMPIONING

Why the European practice of taking a Pre Fall pause is worth instating Stateside

 

HOW WE’RE CULTIVATING OUR CBD COLLECTION

When it comes to our “calm:, it’s worth being selective


 

WHAT WE’RE ASKING

Is this the age of the “Effortless White Woman” been exhausted?

 

THE STUDIO WHERE WE’RE GETTING OUR HANDS DIRTY (OUTSIDE OF COOK SPACE!)

At the Art Student’s League Draw-A-Thon this Saturday, where attendees of all skill levels can explore and expand their creativity in the legendary midtown studios.

 

A PIZZA WORTHY OF WES ANDERSON

How the woman behind the famed director’s whimsical sets puts on a summer spread

 

 THE MOVIE THAT’S CAPTURING THE CHAOS

Michale Moore’s upcoming Trump Documentary, “Farenheit 11/9”….which may be just too on point for us to watch….

 

THE LETTUCE WE’RE LAUDING

The humble iceberg hides a multitude of qualities in its folds

 

THE IMAGE THAT’S THRUSTING US BACK THROUGH TIME

This photo that captures a quiet moment in Queens, 1964

 

THE PLACES WE’RE PATRONIZING BEFORE LABOR DAY

Everything on the Grubstreet Late Summer Hit list

 

THE CARNITAS WE’RE CRAVING

Those on the menu at the August 19th Sunday Chef Soiree featuring Colonia Verde chef Felipe Donnelly. A backyard barbecue worth shelling out for….

 

THE FLICK WE’RE FANGIRL-ING OVER

BlacKkKlansman” from the incomparably brilliant Spike Lee, in theaters now.

 

T H E    C O O K    S P A C E    C R E W
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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | August Attitude - No Shoes, No shirt, No Problem

Michelle Mannix

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S A N D C A S T L E   S E N T I M E N T S

August is upon us, and rather than lament the ever dwindling number of Summer Fridays left, we're going full party mode, picnic-ing and pickling our way to the end of the season. 

And while we're all about embracing vacation mode  (the "out of office" message may be the single greatest sanity saver ever) it's worth remembering that, for many, these past weeks and months have been arduous to say the least, and that there are ways to make a difference, even from the sun deck.

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THE FOOD FRIENDSHIP WE CAN GET BEHIND

That between Murray’s Cheese + OddFellows Ice Cream, marrying two of our favorite things in this new summer mashup of our dreams

 

WHERE WE’LL BE GETTING OUR BREW ON

At “Beers without Beards” on August 8th, an evening celebrating the awesome women of ales at the Natural Museum of American History.

 

THE BAGEL WE’RE KICKING OFF OUR SATURDAY WITH

One of the sensational offerings at the Sheikob’s bagels pop up at Win Son - we’re eyeing the Gaucho Chino

 

BIG CHANGES FOUND IN SMALL PACKAGES

Innovative local groceries are using their aisles to fill cultural niches and address social needs in their communities.

 

WHAT THE JURY’S STILL OUT ON

The latest in oenology - blue wine

 

THE END OF SUMMER BUCKET LIST

As told by Bon Appetit

 

TAKING A TRIP TO THE TROPICS…

…in our own backyard at The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Aloha Nights celebration of one of our favorite artists with this weekend’s “Georgia O’Keefe : Visions of Hawai’i” exposition this Saturday

 

THE MUSIC THAT’S MOVING US

This Summer Mixtape put together for Gather Journal’s getaway issue

 

THE CHEF WE’RE CRUSHING ON

Eduardo Jordan, who, after a year that saw him land the James Beard Best Restaurant and Best Chef: Northeast awards, is pretty much slaying the game. 

 

OUR KIND OF BACKYARD BONANZA

Always barefoot

 

THE BOARDWALK WE’RE BOOGIEING DOWN

Coney Island, where their annual (and free!) music festival is being hosted this weekend

 

THE CULINARY MOVEMENT WORTH CHAMPIONING

Our friends over at Emma’s Torch, who train refugees from around the world in the culinary arts (and serve up some sensational global cuisine while they do so)

 

THE LEFTOVERS WE’RE LOVING

The pick me up for past its prime lettuce? The grill.

 

T H E    C O O K    S P A C E    C R E W
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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | Patios & Paper Plates

Michelle Mannix

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H O T   D O G   H E A T   W A V E   R E M E D Y


As July comes to a close, it's dawning on us that Fall will be here in no time. And though it  brings with it the torture of “humidity hair” and the crush of sweatdrenched subway stations, August also bears the promise of some of our absolute favorite foods (oh hey, tomatoes!) - and while we make the most of the peak produce in the moment, we’re also looking to stretch the season as long as we can with Pickles + Preserves and our Simple Summer Cooking classes. 

In between market hauls and OITNB binge sessions, we hope you indulge in some curbside cravings, because no matter the meal, it always tastes better in the sunshine

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THE READING WE’RE REQUIRING

“Losing Earth” the New York Times Magazine issue dedicated to climate change, and a dead that could have changed everything.

 

THE MEANING OF A MATRIARCHAL RESTAURANT

Claudette Zepeda-Williams on building El Jardin, and redirecting the focus back towards mothers and grandmothers.

 

WHERE WE’RE STAR & SCREEN GAZING

At Riverside Park Pier, where they’ll be screening “Haute Cuisine” as part of #FilmsOnTheGreen Summer Series.

 

THE EXTRA-CURRICULAR WE’RE CONSIDERING

A different kind of water sport….

 

WHERE WE’RE SATISFYING OUR SWEET TOOTH

At the new 15,000 square foot Ample Hills Ice Cream Factory in Red Hook

 

THE FOOD WRITER TAKING HER THEORIES TO TASK

How Camas Davis took to butchery to better appreciate her meat, on this week’s Fresh Air

 

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

“Random Acts of Flyness”, the new HBO show on the experience of being young and black in America.


THE HATE WITHOUT PLACE IN THE KITCHEN
Toxic masculinity still gives homophobia a home in the food industry
 

WHEN TO BANK ON THE BACKLASH

How Gwyneth came to reign the wellness world

 

WHAT’S GIVING US NOSH NOSTALGIA

This edible history of Sex and the City

 

A CULTURE CHANGE IN KANSAS

How Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders are working to make red states blue.
 

T H E    C O O K    S P A C E    C R E W
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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | Summer Party Food - Our Kind of SPF

Michelle Mannix

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F R Y - D A Y


With this past miserably soggy season still visible in our rear view mirror, we're savoring every sandy-toed moment of sunshine this Summer. When we're not outside, we're in the kitchen, cooking up some sensational Fall classes for you and yours (and doing our civic duty, taste testing all the new ice cream options the city has to offer)

Since launching last week, our Seize Your Days planner has been flying off the shelves! If you'd like a more intimate insight into how to make the most of your 12 week guide, join us on August 27th for our SEIZE YOUR DAYS WORKSHOP with founder Michelle Mannix
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HOW WE'LL BE FEEDING OUR BRAINS + BELLIES THIS WEEKEND

At Ozyfest 2018, where we’ll be dancing and dining with (and likely drooling over) speakers Chelsea Handler, Hasan Minhaj and Hilary Clinton among many others.

 

THE NUNS WHO HAVE US RETHINKING NOURISHMENT

How the Dominican Sisters of Hope are changing the approach to truly mindful eating

 

THE DINING ROOM OF OUR DREAMS

The fantastical Twin Peaks inspired Lost Supper, from the artists behind Sleep No More designed to dazzle 

 

WHY BREAD IS ALWAYS BEST

Priya Krishna’s reflections on the importance of toast in her Indian household

 

THE SKILLED SISTERS WE’RE APPLAUDING

The remarkable ladies behind one of our favorite restaurants, King, who put a lot of effort into effortlessness

 

THE CURSE OF A FAMOUS FOOD FAMILY

How the Jell-O family fortune came with a price.

 

WHERE WE’RE BLOWING OUR PAYCHECKS

On allllll the prix-fixe menus available during NY restaurant week (starting Monday!)

 

THE MOVEMENT WE’RE CELEBRATING

How increasing numbers of restaurants and luxury hotels worldwide are approaching food waste.

 

HOW THE #METOO ERA HAS CHANGED FOOD WRITING

Navigating a conversation between harassment and haute cuisine

 

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO ON OUR COMMUTE

Daveed Diggs on Mark Maron’s indispensable podcast WTF, discussing his new groundbreaking movie, Blindspotting

 

WHAT’S ON OUR READING LIST

“Slay in Your Lane”, the long awaited, inspirational guide for a generation of Black British women. 

 

HOW THE CITY KEEPS US CALM

With the myriad CBD options available from cafes to cosmetic stores

 

THE UNEXPECTED IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Rising temperatures are requiring we change the way we make our bubbly


 

T H E    C O O K    S P A C E    C R E W
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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | Seize Your Days

Michelle Mannix

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W H A T ' S    B E E N    B R E W I N G    I N    O U R
B A C K    O F    H O U S E . . .

In addition to our dishing up deliciousness on the regular in our classes, we've spent the past many moons concocting some rather exciting projects behind the scenes. Which is why we are beyond thrilled to announce the release of our brand new "Seize Your Days" personal planner, a labor of love from our phenomenal founder (and a crucial component of her morning routine)

Below, she tells us more about the spark that ignited this passion project and how it can best serve you and your goals (for a more intimate guide to using your planner, join us onAugust 27th for our SEIZE YOUR DAYS WORKSHOP)

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A   N O T E   F R O M   M I C H E L L E
 

At Cook Space we’re all about charting our own course in the culinary journey life provides us on the daily.  And we also feel that way about our lives and how we live them.
 

Yet we find that many areas of our lives that we chart and plan and set goals for - as well as the tools that accompany them seem to focus on a a few areas:  work/career, wellness/weight loss, finances, or time management and productivity to make sure we’re maximizing our busy-ness. And they seem to leave out a few things.  
 

What about how we feel?  And what contributes to that?  What about our relationships, our personal development, our creative expression, our spirituality, the way we care for ourselves?  How we care for others? We think those things (and whatever else lights you up) deserve our attention and tools too.
 

And just like our culinary journeys, our lives, how we live them, and what we define as success, are as personal, unique and layered as we are as people.  As is what contributes to the conditions for that ‘success’. 
 

What we can all use is to spend time making those things part of what is not only important, but a priority.   Whatever those things are to you, our aim is to help you find a way to make them a part of your life in the way you want them to and to enact the changes you'd like to see.
 

Just like the foundational tools and techniques one can use to propel one's culinary confidence, the awareness gained from being mindful of how you spend your time, how you feel and what contributes to that, will help you in the ever evolving process of becoming the person you are meant to be.  Whatever that looks like and feels like to you!

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WHAT WE’RE PRIORITIZING (WITH THE HELP OF OUR PLANNER!)

Our long-term goals over immediate satisfaction, a major issue in this age of the “urgency effect” phenomenon.

 

WHAT WE’RE REMINDING OURSELVES

The importance of play

 

THE DIET STAPLE WE CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF

The incredible egg, universally and uniquely adored across the globe, and the perfect example of how to make magic a myriad of ways with a single ingredient.

 

WHERE WE’RE GETTING OUR FRANCOPHILE ON

At FIAF’s Bastille Day on 60th Street, a celebration equipped with enough cheese and champagne to calm any World Cup Final nerves.

 

WHAT WE'RE RACING TO THE CINEMA TO SEE
The provocative and playful "Sorry to Bother You"


WHAT’S WEIGHING OUR BEACH BAG DOWN

The latest flurry of phenomenal food and agriculture books to hit shelves this summer

 

All HOW WE’RE PRACTICING SELF CARE IN THE KITCHEN (WITHOUT DIRTYING A DISH)

With these perfect “recipes” for a pampering oneself from the pantry

 

THE IRL ANGELS WE ADMIRE

The people behind Angel Food East, delivering hot meals to those living with HIV / AIDS, introduced to us by these two superhumans, who prove food can be an avenue to refashioning resistance.

 

WHAT’S GIVING US NOSTALGIA

“Making Obama”, NPR’s new podcast on the climb of our latest (and greatest) president. 

 

HOW WE’RE BALANCING OUR BBQ’S

With soul nourishing seasonal dishes like this ayurvedic kitchari, from “Sweetbitter” author Stephanie Danler

 

THE WONDERWOMAN WE’RE CELEBRATING

Serena Williams, on maintaining a superhuman public persona while juggling the very ordinary trials of motherhood.
 

T H E    C O O K    S P A C E    C R E W
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