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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | Fourth-ing Festivities

Michelle Mannix

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I N D E P E N D E N C E    F O R   A L L

We've got a long way to go before we're even close to resolving the horrifying circumstances at the US border, but we take some solace in the fortifying outcry from the public to affect immediate change in reuniting families separated by ICE last weekend. 

We hope this past Wednesday's Independence Day celebrations  can act as a reminder of the tenets of freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness upon which this nation stands, and that many were still fortunate enough to share it (and some phenomenal food) with loved ones.

As the season heats up, we want to give everyone the opportunity to take full advantage of our Summer series so we've created a special discount for 20% off any individual class. Use the code below to get your culinary confidence on!

CODE: FOURTHFEASTING
 

Join us in the studio for your most delicious summer yet!

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#lifebeyondtherecipe

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HOW WE CAN DINE DIFFERENTLY. . .

… in different circumstances, as exemplified by food artist Laila Gohar, who trades the whimsy of her work meals for warmth when eating at home.

 

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

Cameron Esposito’s breathtakingly searing approach to comedy, homophobia and misogyny in her latest special “Nanette”

 

WHAT WE’RE JAMMING OUT TO

The new classical album “Notorious RBG in Song” inspired by the greatest and most glorious of dissenting dames, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

WHO’S STILL OUR #WOMANCRUSH

Goddess Nigella, and her certosino

 

WHO WE’RE ADMIRING 

 This crew of dairy farmers in Philadelphia who, despite their own struggles, make a point of turning any excess milk into cheese and yogurt for the state’s hungry

 

THE TABLE TIPS WE’RE TAKING

On how to actually enjoy the dinner party you put on (hint: all the cheese)

 

THE WARNINGS WE’RE HEEDING

The rising tides in Miami are further evidence of the changes that need making toward how we take care of our planet

 

WHAT’S GOT US BUZZING

That fabulous funk we get from kombucha may be providing more than just a caffeine hit

 

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO

Zadie Smith on family, Jay Z and the perils of technology in this fabulous interview with Toure on “How to be Free”

 

THE FEAST WE’RE RAVENOUS FOR

Next weekend’s Happy Family Night Market, a celebration of Asian-American culture through food, film and forthright conversation

 

T H E    C O O K    S P A C E    C R E W
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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | Pride, Protests & Pasta

Michelle Mannix

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S U M M E R     L O V I N G . . .

We like to think that Pride Month should be a year round celebration, (much like Women’s Month or National Cookie Day) but as June slips away, we’re making the most of this dedicated Midsummer moment to celebrate the unequivocally fabulous in our midst. With a growing array of ways to celebrate queer culture and cuisine, we hope you round out this month devoted to love with a beautiful, neon bang.

 

As we blaze into July, we’re already looking ahead, with a few spots left in our Culinary Confidence Series and more upcoming August classes available to tickle your taste buds. (Stay tuned for an upcoming instagram announcement on our End of Summer Discount!)

 

Join us in the studio for your most delicious summer yet!

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#lifebeyondtherecipe

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WHERE WE’RE PUTTING OUR FOOT DOWN 

At this Saturday’s repeat march in protest of the horrific treatment of immigrant families being separated at the Southern U.S. border. Despite the massive political gulf in this country, there is at least one simple truth on which we can all agree. Families. Belong. Together. 

 

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

Home” a cooking series on the intimacy and experiences created around the queer table.

 

THE WORDSMITH STILL MAKING US WEAK IN THE KNEES

Kendrick Lamar, poet laureate of hip hop.

 

THE DISTRICT NOW WORTH DINING IN

The often overlooked area around Broadway, long considered a bit of a good food desert. Who better to show us where to get our pre theater grub on than Hamilton star, (and fabulous chef in his own right), the sensational, Daniel Breaker.

 

 A SPACE TO EXPAND OUR PERSPECTIVE

The “What of the World” residency from Vijay Ayer, who has assembled musicians and artists to explore the “affected archaeology” of systemic racism. 

 

THE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT WE'RE NEWLY OBSESSED WITH
@pastagrannies, giving us all the feels and all the inspiration for our August 28th Pasta Making class


THE DESSERTS WE’RE DROOLING OVER

The whimsical creations of these artists, almost too beautiful to eat…almost.

 

WHERE WE’RE DONNING OUR DANCING SHOES

At this Saturday’s Full Moon Festival

 

THE COOKBOOK WE’RE COVETING

Brooks Headley’s sensational tome “Superiority Burger Cookbook” , featuring over 90 recipes from his ground breaking eponymous restaurant (for which we’ve been eagerly awaiting).

 

THE ARRIVAL WE CAN’T WAIT FOR

That of Mercado Little Spain, the all day destination for Spanish cuisine and culture coming to the Hudson Yards next Spring from the brilliant minds of José Andrés  and Ferran and Albert Adrià.

 

 

T H E    C O O K    S P A C E    C R E W
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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | "The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources–because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples."

Michelle Mannix

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Wednesday was World Refugee Day. This past year, over 2.9 million people became asylum seekers  and there are now more displaced people across the globe than ever before. Over the past several weeks, we've been confronted head on with the horrifying truth of the inhumanity displayed towards families attempting to make their way across US borders. To try to capture the breadth of these injustices here would be impossible, but what is clear to all (save one, apparently) is that this extends well beyond political divisions on Immigration policy.
 

This is a human rights issue
 

If we can take solace in one thing, it is the unfailing capacity of the collective civilian force to affect change in the face of political injustice. From the individual to the collective, people are making their outrage heard and working together to support and reunite the families affected.
 

We implore you to do what you can, big or small, and help end family separation.


"No one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land"  - Warsan Shire


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WHERE WE’RE MARCHING

At the NYC Families Belong Together Protest, starting at 10am tomorrow at Foley Square. For information on protests and marches near you, go to act.Moveon.com
 

THE GROUPS WE’RE SUPPORTING

These critical organizations working to protect kids separated by their families by ICE

 

WHO WE’RE CALLING

Our representatives, to put a halt to Speaker Ryan’s anti-immigration bill

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conversations from our kitchen . . .

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THE CHANGE WE’RE STILL WAITING FOR

When the playing field for female chefs is finally even

 

THE TREND WE’RE QUESTIONING

Whether food prep is taking the joy and spontaneity out of cooking

 

THE BILL WE’RE BACKING

Council member Rafael Espinal’s motion to ban plastic straws in NYC, amid the growing global effort to reduce the use the environmentally hazardous material.

 

WHERE WE’RE DANCING

At LadyLand, this weekend’s outdoor queer music festival 

 

THE CREATIVE APPROACH WE’RE CELEBRATING

How a series of artists respond to the subject of immigration

 

THE WORKS WE’RE CELEBRATING

Those of Firelei Baez, whose latest exhibition, now on display at the Schomberg Center in Harlem, draws inspiration from women of color throughout history.

 

THE WORDS WE’RE PREACHING

Those of Clare Smyth, who, despite accepting her title of this year’s “Best Female Chef”with her telltale grace, maintains that she would “love to see very soon that we don’t need gender specific awards…”

 

WHERE WE’RE PEEKING BEHIND THE CURTAIN

At Craft, Tom Colicchio’s flagship restaurant, where we find much beauty in the back of house hustle


T H E    C O O K    S P A C E    C R E W
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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | A Dish for Dad

Michelle Mannix

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As a business founded and largely run by women, we are extremely proud to support and be a part a community of strong sisters within and without the food industry, who, as we work toward shifting patriarchal paradigms, are finally being heard. But in this long overdue moment of female empowerment, we would be woefully remiss if we didn't shout out some very special men to us this weekend - the ones who raised us.

From that extra spoonful of brown sugar they sprinkled on our pre-school porridge, to the pride portrayed daily in the comments on our instagram feeds, we have been particularly blessed on a personal level to have been nourished, body and spirit, by extraordinary gentlemen.  For being the kind of men unafraid to raise and raise up strong women, we thank you and we love you to the moon and back (suspect sartorial choices aside.)

Here’s to you, Dads

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THE BUSINESSES WE’RE BACKING

The Black-owned restaurants and gallery spaces that are holding steady in Bed-Stuy,against the rising tide of gentrification 

 

THE FOOD WE’RE FEASTING ON

That being served at Saturday’s “Refugee Food Festival”, in support and celebration of the exotic eats and the people behind them that make this city delicious.

 

WHERE WE’RE RAISING A GLASS

At the James Beard Foundation’s “Cheers Queers” Pride cocktail party in collaboration with Jarry

 

THE MESSAGE ON CHILDHOOD CRAVINGS THAT’S GIVING US ALL THE FEELS

Julia Turshen’s beautiful ode to Top Taste, and the jerk chicken on which she was raised.

 

THE CARDS WE WON’T BE GIVING DAD THIS SUNDAY

We’ll dish up something delish for him instead

 

HOW WE’RE SOAKING UP THE SUMMER SUN

Safely, with this sexy new addition to the Glossier family

 

WHOS WORDS WE’RE HEEDING

Those of Chef Lee, who breaks down cultural appropriation vs collaboration in his conversation with Ed Levine on the Serious Eats podcast

 

THE BOOKS WE’RE BEACHING WITH

All the tomes on the Times Summer Hit List

 

THE NEW REASON WE’RE ALL ABOUT AVOCADOS

Mentioning guacamole in your online dating profile makes you significantly more appealing (science says so)

 

THE STIGMAS WORTH SMASHING

Those surrounding depression and mental illness, a topic David Chang courageously addresses in the latest episode of his podcast

 

THE WOMAN (AND HER WHEATFIELD) THAT WE’RE WOWED BY

Agnes Denes, whose staggering, transient artwork is finally getting its due.

 

THE WORDS STILL BREAKING OUR HEARTS

Reflections on childhood, fatherhood and feasting with family from the late, great, Anthony Bourdain

 

THE SWEETS WORTH SEARCHING FOR

The baked goods at Patisserie Burrow, a New York City Japanese bakery hiding in plain sight

 

WHAT’S GIVING US PAUSE

The one year anniversary of the Grenfell Tragedy in London

 

WHAT’S GIVING US ALL THE PHO-EELS

Artist Danh Vo’s take on his favorite dish, passed down to him from his grandmother



T H E    C O O K    S P A C E    C R E W
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COOK SPACE FRIDAY FEELS | Handle with care

Michelle Mannix

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On this bright, warm, and otherwise beautiful Summer Friday, we find ourselves a little bit broken this morning. True, the sun has finally found its stride and is using it with vigor, but no forecast can shake the shadows over New York this morning. With the heartbreaking news of Kate Spade this past Tuesday, and now the death of Anthony Bourdain this morning, whose work and words explored and expanded how we think about food and the human condition, this city has lost two of its icons. One can only hope that this shines a necessary light on a dark truth about mental and emotional distress in this country…and though, in this moment, the shock feels near impossible to shatter, it is worth reflecting on all the joy, humor and beauty these two brought into the world, if for far too short a time.

 

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THE CONVERSATION WORTH CHAMPIONING

Whether the war on processed food is really classist criticism 
 

THE HOW WE’RE CURING OUR SUNDAY HANGOVER

With some coffee and culture at Counter Culture’s Bach influenced tasting this Sunday

 

THE ART WE’RE OGLING

The classic creations of Alberto Giacometti, on exhibition from today at the Guggenheim

 

WHAT WE’RE RE- WATCHING (WITH TISSUES IN HAND)

The very best episodes of Parts Unknown 

 

WHAT WE’RE REPEATING TO OURSELVES

A reminder in this mad, wonderful city, that it’s ok to slowwww downnnn.



HOW YOU SHOULD #TREATYOSELF THIS SUMMER

With Le CultureClub’s one off giveaway of goodies all designed to help you live your best self, (which includes a gift card to a class here at Cook Space!)

 

WHAT WE’RE STREAMING ON OUR COMMUTES

The #TimesUp + #MeToo inspired podcast, “How it is” (with a side of The Good News Podcast, serving up little nuggets of positivity + cornbread in the midst of an otherwise maddening news cycle)

 

THE ARTISANS WE’RE SUPPORTING

The local creatives and cooks displaying their wares at Brooklyn’s Cut and Crafted Festival this weekend 

 

THE NEW SHOW WE’RE TUCKING INTO

AMC’s “Dietland”, a bold, satirical look at modern society’s warped definitions of beauty, and the limits those place on women.

 

WHAT WE’RE READING COVER TO COVER 

This weekend’s NYTimes Magazine, dedicated entirely to the city we love, New York. (and the lovers that make it special)

 

WHERE WE’LL BE BOOGEYING

All day each day at the Northside Music Festival 

 

THE SECRET RECIPE WE’RE DYING TO STEAL

That of the delectable and evasive Pastel de Bélem (the Portuguese creme brûlée esque custardy tart of our dreams)

 

WHERE WE’D LOVE TO GET OUR MONDAY MORNING MEAL

From the inspired folks behind the Burrito Project, making and delivering free burritos to communities living in hunger across San Francisco on the last monday of each month

 

THE SUMMER SUNDAE WE’D HAPPILY STUDY

The ice cream from Hannah Spiegelman, with flavors inspired by history (like the Witches Brew with yarrow, beer and fennel honey!)

 

FOR WHEN WE’RE NOT IN THE MOOD TO DIRTY OUR DISHES

We’ll be ordering in from these fierce female run restaurants, available on Caviar

 

WHAT HAS US PLANNING OUR NEXT ROAD TRIP (AND PACKING OUR STRETCHY PANTS)

Bon Appetit’s ultimate (and enormous) gastronomic guide to the very best under the radar neighborhood spots across the US, from the country’s biggest food experts

 

 THE PARTY PREP WE’RE COPYING

Performance artist DeVonn Francis’ whimsical way of incorporating her style into her table settings

 

THE WOMAN WE’RE WOWED BY

This sweet soul behind the sweetest Southern treats

 

"Maybe that's enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom is realising how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.” - Anthony Bourdain

 

 

For support and more information on emotional distress, click here.


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