Hands if you're cooking (and cleaning) all day, every day. At three meals a day, perhaps your tried and true recipes are getting a little tired and it's time for a refresh, STAT.
Here’s where the good news comes in with endless virtual classes via Instagram and stunning cookbooks just a click away, it’s never been easier to hone your cooking skills. Plus, time spent mastering your culinary artistry can be incredibly meditative and a fun way to connect with friends over newly discovered recipes and techniques. If you're looking for a little inspiration (sawwwrrry, there’s nothing we can do about the cleaning part), our kitchen go-to's, right this way.
Because we’re on our phones all-day
Dining In: A Cookbook by Alison Roman
The name. So apropos. Well played, Alison, well played. As long time fans of anything Ms. Roman, Dining In is filled with delicious fuss-free casual recipes and tips that are satisfying, healthy-ish, and ideal for life as we know it. Order a copy and get involved.
Gjelina: Cooking From Venice
As of late (well always, but especially now) we’re loving casual veggie-heavy dishes considering meat and fish proteins are harder to plan with the current state of grocery stores and delivery services. Therefore, from rustic roasted beets to baked butternut squash with sage, we're making seasonal California-inspired Gjelina dishes on the reg.
Sakara Life: Eat Clean, Play Dirty
Having arrived at the current phase of quarantine known as “It’s time to get our shit together, people!” we’re rededicating ourselves to living the Sakara Life. Gone are the early days of self-isolation, wherein ice cream and wine were considered dinner. Instead let’s come out of this looking (and feeling) our best. Filled with healthy, beautiful, and Insta-worthy meals, plus, adaptogen cocktails (in case you’re sober-curious) and superfood desserts, these pages are sure to reinspire healthy living.
The debut cookbook of Athena Calderone is a stunning symphony of rituals, food, and family with yummy savory dishes and insanely delicious desserts set in swoon-worthy environments. Note, this book will not only inspire a recipe refresh but likely your decor too.
"Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."
The basis, as you would imagine, is plants! A cookbook loaded with flavor-packed dishes that are healthy, quick-to-table, and can easily be adapted to satisfy a range of diets from gluten-free to vegan. In other words, not your average rabbit food.
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Newly released in response to C19, a digital celebration of recipes and drawings from professional chefs, artists, and friends of authors Layla Alter and Carmen Hall. Both an incredible display of creativity (amidst hard times) and a charitable endeavor, this online edition is everything we want right now. Access this do-gooder kitchen inspiration via a one-time donation to a food bank charity of your choice and start cooking!
Serving New York
Food is a common thread, and food makes our souls happy. In light of COVID restaurant closures, ROAR's co-founder Camilla Marcus culled an insanely delicious curation of more than 45 easy, go-to recipes straight from NYC’s best restaurants, such as Olmsted, Momofuku, King, Charlie Bird, Llama Inn, and the NoMad. Plus, cook joyfully knowing that 100% of the proceeds go to ROAR (Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants).
And, channel your inner Ina Garten
A local NYC cooking school, founded by Ali Cayne, has brought all of their offerings online. Book follow-along classes (from the perfect roast chicken to cooking with kids), prepare ingredients ahead of time, and get ready to Zoom. Bonus if you live in NYC and order ingredients from online farmers’ market Farm to People. Plus, tune in to the founder on Haven’s Kitchen IGTV for “Cooking W/ Will,” as she teaches her son to cook.
Making quarantine life fun with the founder of Barefoot Contessa. Ina believes “It’s always cocktail hour in a crisis!” she’s your sure bet for a good time and the queen of comfort food. Head to her IG for weekend cooking tips.
In need of a sugar fix? Founder of Milk Bar, Christina, shares drool-worthy recipes from her repertoire like her famous cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookies. Be right there!
Easy on the eyes and bordering on video art, Chef AK’s veggie-forward quarantine dishes can be found via his IGTV. One glimpse and you're sure to be kitchen-bound.