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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | Checking Out to Check Back In - Connecting IRL in the Digital Age

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Wading through the debris of heart shaped confetti and demolished chocolate boxes this morning, we’re admittedly a little pleased to put another “hallmark holiday” behind us. But whether you love it or hate it, February 14th does afford us the opportunity to shower our loved ones with a little extra gratitude and extravagance. And while others may be filling their feeds with #bemine joint selfie smugness, we implore you to put your phones down, be present and cultivate some real connections, be that in the boudoir (for your boo or just your own bad self), or in the kitchen, our favorite location to show our love.



A PALATE PLATFORM WE CAN GET BEHIND

Here at Cook Space, our philosophy has always been about branching beyond the recipe, and, according to one of our favorite food editors, NYTimes’ Sam Sifton, cooking with intuition and creativity is finally taking precedence.

THE GIFT WE’RE GIVING OURSELVES

We’re going gaga for Gwyneth at their upcoming NYC wellness summit filled with panelist and workshop leaders on March 9th, In Goop Health.

TRANSLATING PASSION FOR THE PLANET TO THE PLATE

A few ways in which chefs and restaurants can cut down on food waste and show the earth a little extra love this Valentine’s season.

A FONDNESS FOR THE FEMALE FORM

As we plod slowly but steadily towards a more inclusive approach to female beauty, we’re excited to see the vulva celebrated in all it shapes and forms in Laura Dodsworth’s photography book “Womanhood: The Bare Reality”

A YEAR FOR THE YOUTH

Twelve months after the horrifying school shooting in Parkland, FL, in which 17 students and teachers lost their lives, we look back on how the nation’s high schoolers turned tragedy into activism.

MAKING SIMPLE FOOD SPECTACULAR

Taking the humble classic, meatloaf, and making it magic.

A SEXY SAUSAGE WE COULD SKIP

Though British grocery store Marks and Spencer’s may have had the best of intentions when creating this year’s Valentine’s inspired “Love Sausage”, the breakfast behemoth sadly falls flaccid.

THE SONGWRITER WE’RE SWOONING OVER

The only thing as captivating as Nigerian born singer songwriter J.S. Ondara’s debut album “Tales of America”, is his story of perseverance and optimism that got him here.

AN ELEMENTARY EXPRESSION OF LOVE

When students across the country were given the prompt “Love is…” to create a compilation poem on the subject of connection, this is the gem of a poem that they created.


 

HOW ONE CHEF NAVIGATES UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS

Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar talks corn cookies, headscarves and growing fast without selling out.

MAKING DATA DELICIOUS

Over at Information Is Beautiful, they’re marrying left and right brains to highlight trends in nourishment from Suspect Superfoods to Cooking Oil Categories.

A SPACE OF HOPE FOR THE HOSPITALITY COMMUNITY

Chefs with Issues is an online space designed for those within the food and hospitality industry to share their stories and struggles as well as a platform for community and support building. In an age rife with anxiety, we can think of few better services to offer.

A MENU FOR MEDITERRANEAN LOVE

As we gear up for our Mediterranean Mezze class, we’re getting inspiration from the greatYotam Ottolenghi and his Valentine’s day dishes

CREATING CLOSENESS WITH CHOCOLATE

We’re more than down to clown with chocolate on a solo basis (late night hot cocoa for one, please!) but at the “Cultivating Intimacy Through Cacao” workshop at Heart Space,guests have the opportunity to work with the beloved bean in a ceremonial capacity, building levels of connection and shifting the paradigm on what it means to be intimate.

#lifebeyondtherecipe

T H E    C O O K  S P A C E  C R E W

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But in each dark cloud there’s a silver lining (or is that pollution?) and we’re always finding reasons to celebrate. It is, after all, the month of love and connection, and whether that love be for your partner, your parent, or just for your own damn fabulous self, we want to share it with you. For us, we show our love by cooking for one another, favoring fare much simpler than a michelin star meal for an amorous evening (I mean, what says love like diving into some pizza dough?). So, if you’re coupled up or slaying it solo this Valentine’s day, be sure to celebrate the many, many things to be thankful for - the people we’ve connected with, the love we receive and put out into the world and, most of all, the end of dry January.


With love 
xxx

 

A COMPULSION FOR COOKING

How one man cured one obsession with another (admittedly, a far more fruitful one in our opinion) 

 

A #SADDESKLUNCH CURE WE CAN GET BEHIND

Staffers are spending less and smiling more as office  “Lunch Clubs” become a growing trend in 2019 

 

AN EDUCATION WE WISH WE’D HAD IN HIGH SCHOOL

Netflix’s sensational show “Sex Education” follows the always awkward but somehow wonderfully sex positive environment of an English high school with the brilliant Gillian Anderson showing us her deadpan chops.

 

HOW WE’RE SATISFYING OUR CHOCOLATE CRAVING THIS MONTH

With City Bakery’s annual Hot Chocolate festival, featuring a new recipe every day this February.

 

THE POLITICS OF THE PALESTINIAN PALATE

In her new book “Zaitoun: Recipes From the Palestinian Kitchen”, Yasmin Khan makes a point not to sanitize or beautify the complications of the region, seeing he book as a culinary anthropology of sorts.

 

THE METHOD IN THE MEDIA MADNESS

As Michael Schmidt of the NYTimes sits down with Terry Gross in this week’s Fresh Air Podcast, he discusses how the past two years of unfathomable news stories, have made it near impossible for he and his colleagues to be surprised any more.

 

CONTINENT CRAVINGS

As we gear up for our Latin American Street Food class this April 13th, we’re diving into an array of enticing recipes from Mexican Vegan Posole to crowd pleasing queso 

 

THE LADY LOVE WE’RE CELEBRATING

Salty is an online space devoted to raising the conversation around women’s sexuality and relationships, highlighting voices of women, trans and non binary contributors across the globe. Here. For. This.

 

WHO WE’RE GOING FULL FANGIRL FOR

As season 2 of the gloriously dark comedy, “Fleabag” has just hailed for a Spring 2019 release, we’ll just be over here admiring the brilliant brain ofPhoebe Waller-Bridge (while also re-binge-ing (a word?) her other sensational show, Killing Eve)

 

THE STANDUP WE’RE SALUTING

Blackademia Takeover” is a collection of the city’s funniest black comedians covering everything from micro aggressive health care and woke museums - to further celebrate Black History Month, join us for our Origins of Southern Soul Food class on February 19th!

 

AND THE RETURN OF THE LADY LOVE WE CAN’T WAIT FOR

The fierce, fabulous (and occasionally filthy) L Word is returning with its original cast - the February forecast just got so much hotter.

 

THE COOKWARE WE’RE COVETING

While everyone rampantly Marie Kondo’s their lives, we can’t help but dream of adding to our kitchen with the Great Jones collection, any piece of which would spark serious joy.

 

THE FREEDOM OF FEBRUARY

In a month burdened by bad weather and often worse moods, there’s one reason to celebrate the shortest month of the year -  bidding farewell to the rules of January and saying hello to the wanton hedonism / and or indulgent self-care.

 

#lifebeyondtherecipe

T H E    C O O K  S P A C E  C R E W

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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | Chow for Connection

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If January is for bursting forth on the New Year with vigor and good intentions, then February is about retreating back under the duvet with disillusion and a bad cold. The bipolar weather forecast in tandem with a tonnage of tarnished resolutions, make this the least popular month of the year. 

 

But in each dark cloud there’s a silver lining (or is that pollution?) and we’re always finding reasons to celebrate. It is, after all, the month of love and connection, and whether that love be for your partner, your parent, or just for your own damn fabulous self, we want to share it with you. For us, we show our love by cooking for one another, favoring fare much simpler than a michelin star meal for an amorous evening (I mean, what says love like diving into some pizza dough?). So, if you’re coupled up or slaying it solo this Valentine’s day, be sure to celebrate the many, many things to be thankful for - the people we’ve connected with, the love we receive and put out into the world and, most of all, the end of dry January.


With love 
xxx

 

A COMPULSION FOR COOKING

How one man cured one obsession with another (admittedly, a far more fruitful one in our opinion) 

 

A #SADDESKLUNCH CURE WE CAN GET BEHIND

Staffers are spending less and smiling more as office  “Lunch Clubs” become a growing trend in 2019 

 

AN EDUCATION WE WISH WE’D HAD IN HIGH SCHOOL

Netflix’s sensational show “Sex Education” follows the always awkward but somehow wonderfully sex positive environment of an English high school with the brilliant Gillian Anderson showing us her deadpan chops.

 

HOW WE’RE SATISFYING OUR CHOCOLATE CRAVING THIS MONTH

With City Bakery’s annual Hot Chocolate festival, featuring a new recipe every day this February.

 

THE POLITICS OF THE PALESTINIAN PALATE

In her new book “Zaitoun: Recipes From the Palestinian Kitchen”, Yasmin Khan makes a point not to sanitize or beautify the complications of the region, seeing he book as a culinary anthropology of sorts.

 

THE METHOD IN THE MEDIA MADNESS

As Michael Schmidt of the NYTimes sits down with Terry Gross in this week’s Fresh Air Podcast, he discusses how the past two years of unfathomable news stories, have made it near impossible for he and his colleagues to be surprised any more.

 

CONTINENT CRAVINGS

As we gear up for our Latin American Street Food class this April 13th, we’re diving into an array of enticing recipes from Mexican Vegan Posole to crowd pleasing queso 

 

THE LADY LOVE WE’RE CELEBRATING

Salty is an online space devoted to raising the conversation around women’s sexuality and relationships, highlighting voices of women, trans and non binary contributors across the globe. Here. For. This.

 

WHO WE’RE GOING FULL FANGIRL FOR

As season 2 of the gloriously dark comedy, “Fleabag” has just hailed for a Spring 2019 release, we’ll just be over here admiring the brilliant brain ofPhoebe Waller-Bridge (while also re-binge-ing (a word?) her other sensational show, Killing Eve)

 

THE STANDUP WE’RE SALUTING

Blackademia Takeover” is a collection of the city’s funniest black comedians covering everything from micro aggressive health care and woke museums - to further celebrate Black History Month, join us for our Origins of Southern Soul Food class on February 19th!

 

AND THE RETURN OF THE LADY LOVE WE CAN’T WAIT FOR

The fierce, fabulous (and occasionally filthy) L Word is returning with its original cast - the February forecast just got so much hotter.

 

THE COOKWARE WE’RE COVETING

While everyone rampantly Marie Kondo’s their lives, we can’t help but dream of adding to our kitchen with the Great Jones collection, any piece of which would spark serious joy.

 

THE FREEDOM OF FEBRUARY

In a month burdened by bad weather and often worse moods, there’s one reason to celebrate the shortest month of the year -  bidding farewell to the rules of January and saying hello to the wanton hedonism / and or indulgent self-care.

 

#lifebeyondtherecipe

T H E    C O O K  S P A C E  C R E W

xxx

COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | Feeding Through the February Freeze

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Though plunging temperatures have many hunkered down indoors, there’s little shelter from the media madness as we potentially bid a less than fond farewell to this administration’s third White House Chief of Staff and welcome anew presidential candidate to an already crowded race - between the cold and that chaos, it’s hard to tell whether our headaches are politically induced or a symptom of simple brain freeze.

Our remedy? Procrastinate as we do, by plowing through our pantry for divine inspiration as, with no more than a little imagination some bomb-ass basic ingredients, you can make a truly sensational supper, no recipe required to warm those winter bellies. And take comfort through this colds snap - though the bitter chill may wreak havoc on our toes and limit our sartorial choices to portable comforters and comical mittens, it appears it simply cannot penetrate our hearts.

Stay warm out there, friends

xxx

ROLLING WITH THE CHAOS

As January comes to a close, we’re reminding ourselves of the importance of“setting intentions”, as Gemma Ingalls and Roanne Adams of Apiece Apart do here.

MARCHING FOR MATZO

In preparation for our upcoming Jewish Comfort Food Class for Passover, we’re planning our tour of the city’s best spots for the perfect winter warmer,Matzo Ball soup

TWO DECADES OF DINER

Celebrating 20 years of the restaurant that ignited the food industry obsession with locally sourced ingredients, while serving up one of the best burgers in the business, to boot.

THE POT WE’RE PINING FOR

Vermicular’s Musui-Kamado, the Japanese cast iron pot that has caused a sensation abroad as the potential pot to eclipse the Dutch Oven, has arrived stateside as of yesterday.

EATING FOR THE EARTH AND THE EGO

The most sustainable diet for the planet and its residents requires just 0.5oz of red meat per day.

HOW THE “BY THE SLICE JOINT” MADE PIZZA THE PERFECT NYC FOOD

As we express our love for this statewide sample at our Pizza Making class  on Feb 13th,  we take a foray through the history of the famous fold.

A TALE OF TAMALES AS THE TIE TO ONE’S ROOTS

As we recipe test for our upcoming Latin American Cuisine class, Alexis Watts shares the recipes bonding her to her Mexican heritage.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO

Getting our blood flowing with newly released “Moderation” before slowing it down with “Haunted House” from the fabulous Florence and the Machine.

MARIE KONDO ON THE ONE THING SHE REGRETS THROWING AWAY

And it’s something from her kitchen, of course.…

THE EGG-CELLENCE WE’RE CELEBRATING

We’ve got our breakfasts set for the next 80 days thanks to this four part series on the best recipes for our absolute favorite ingredient.

THE SUPERBOWL SNACKS WE TAKE SERIOUSLY

Because, let’s be honest, Sunday is about food, not football.

THE PROBLEM WITH PERFORMATIVE WORKAHOLISM

Despite diminishing the amount of open workplace indifference, has it become taboo to acknowledge that the #thankgoditsmonday sentiment doesn’t always ring true?

A TRULY TEMPTING INCENTIVE TO GO VEGAN

Jay Z and Beyonce have offered a lifetime’s worth of tickets to their concerts and shows, IF you commit to a life of plant based eating.

 

#lifebeyondtherecipe

T H E    C O O K  S P A C E  C R E W

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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate. Only Love Can Do That." MLK Jr.

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I N J U S T I C E   A N Y W H E R E   I S   A  T H R E A T  T O
J U S T I C E   E V E R Y W H E R E

Although Martin Luther King Jr. Day, since its first observation in 1986, has always had a profound impact on the national conversation around race and discrimination, the messages of inclusivity, freedom and equality have hit home with particular urgency these past two years. The unending onslaught from the “powers that be” to deny the basic human rights of those who make up a fundamental component in the tapestry of the American community, can be extremely disheartening, yet we take hope that with such heightened public awareness, the subject of injustice is at the forefront of the national conversation.

Our goal is to celebrate the diversity and history of our community, and to highlight the uniquely connective capacity of food to bring people together - we are so excited about our upcoming Origins of Southern Soul Food dinner, deriving inspiration from the original Reconciliation Dinner and built around the fundamental flavors and foods of Southern African American Cuisine.

We hope you’ve had a sensational week, and that, if nothing else, this past Monday sends you into the weekend with a little more light and a little more love.

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A TASTE FOR TRADITION

How the artist, Xavier Veilhan brings convention into the unconventional by creating midday meals for his studio team

THE WELLNESS YOU CAN WEAR

The dynamic duo behind Olderbrother, who create clothing free from heavy metals, toxins and with as minimal an environmental footprint as possible,source their inspiration (and materials) from nature (think saffron and chaga mushrooms)

A DIFFERENT KIND OF WINTER WARMER

Though the temperature has been nothing if not wildly schizophrenic this week, what better excuse to fire up the grill this weekend and invite some hungry friends over (more bodies = lower heating bills)

A STUDY IN SLEEP

With more and more scientific research highlighting the importance of sleep to our general well-being (and how New Yorkers, in particular, are especially bad at prioritizing our ZZZZZZs) the new installation Black Power Naps investigates the relationship between race and a lack of rest and relaxation, reclaiming idleness and play as a source of power and strength.

FRANCES McDORMAND ON CREATIVITY IN HER ART AND HER KITCHEN

The academy award winning actress and overall incredible human shares her asparagus risotto with us.

NEW YEAR, NEW AYURVEDA

As we re-emphasize the foundational tenants of self care in 2019, here are just some of the many ways we can integrate more meaningful practices of self-nourishment into our everyday meals.

A SNACK ADDING SPICE TO THE BEDROOM

As we gear up for Valentine’s Day, we’ve a craving for something salty as well as sweet and these cheeky Aphrodisiac crisps from Tyrell’s will do us just fine (whether we’re sharing them or not!)

THE GILDED KITCHEN WE’RE GAGA OVER

From cooking over the bathroom sink, the owners of this Kiev kitchen got a home makeover that has us considering a move to Germany.

SAVING THE SPICE RACK

How one writer’s New Year’s Resolution to chow down more (here, here!) has her re-purposing the long forgotten spices at the back of the cabinet.

AN INDIGENOUS INITIATIVE THAT’S INSPIRING US

With a seemingly endless slew of new workout trends and elimination diets, we’re excited about the lifestyle promoted by Well for Culture, an alliance of like-minded indigenous people, utilizing the strength and teachings of their ancestral history to inform their approach to the mind-body-spirit connection.

 

THE BITES THAT BOOST THE BRAIN

On the heels of our Meals for Mental Health workshop (the first, we hope, of many!) we’re diving deep into the ingredients that cultivate cerebral clarity.

A RESTAURANT BUILT TO RESCUE

Hamida Ali Hazara opened a restaurant with the goal of generating skills for women affected by the violent attacks on her Hazara community, putting herself in the line of fire in the process.

THE PANTRY WE’RE PILFERING

Bubble, the new “health food paradise” is a curation of innovative, subversive and, most importantly, delicious food free from preservatives and artificial dyes or sweeteners - snacks we can feel superior about!

    

 

#lifebeyondtherecipe

T H E    C O O K  S P A C E  C R E W

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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | P E R S P E C T I V E S | the pursuit of self

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A   J O U R N E Y    T O   M I N D F U L N E S S

We are so blessed to have a community of strong, inspiring women around us, able to recognize the virtue of vulnerability, and open to sharing their stories and lessons they've accrued upon their journeys. Today, the bold and beautiful Olivia Dillingham, dear friend and an integral component of the design and development of  Life Beyond the Recipe, shares with us how she came to discover Mindfulness, and how she applies these practices in both her work and home life.

As you peruse our journal, take a gander at our upcoming Kitchen Table Conversations, where we'll explore new mindsets and ideas on how we navigate this wild and wonderful world, all in the comfort of beautiful studio dining room. We cannot wait to see you!


From all of us here, 

H A V E    A    B E A U T I F U L    W E E K E N D
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