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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

xxx