Washington Post: She was furloughed from her job. So she became ‘Lasagna Lady’ and made 1,200 pans of free lasagna for those in need.. “First a retired neighbor showed up at her house, then an out-of-work friend came for a pan. After that, so many people started showing up, including strangers, that [Michelle] Brenner lost track. Nearly three months and 1,200 pans later, Brenner is still at it, boiling noodles, cooking ground beef, mixing up tomato sauce and layering mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan. About eight hours a day, seven days a week, she helps feed people in her community — from hospital workers and first responders to single parents struggling without paychecks.”
Mashable: How to best organize all your saved recipes on Instagram. “You’re scrolling through Instagram and just as the most gorgeous, gooey brownies are about to leave your field of view, your thumb instinctively stops. You want those brownies. You need those brownies. But you’re definitely not going to make those brownies right now, while you’re comfortably curled up on the couch, zoning out with the Instagram scroll. What to do? Save the brownies, of course. But if you save images whenever you get a jolt of cooking inspiration without a dash of organization, you’ll end up with random pictures of pasta mixed in with that cute puppy you saw up for adoption along with that Fijian beach you long to visit — and a lot of squinting.”
New York Times: Fancy Cakes? Quarantine Sourdough? Not for These Hapless Home Cooks. “When she began self-isolating in her apartment in College Station, Texas, in March, Melissa Hodges thought it would be her big opportunity to finally learn to cook. After all, so many of her classmates at Texas A&M University, where she is a senior, were posting Instagram photos of glossy strands of spaghetti carbonara and citrus scones drizzled with a sticky glaze. Then she tried to heat up a frozen cheese pizza.”
Lifehacker: Learn How to Make Pretzels from Auntie Anne Herself on Facebook Live. “Whether you got your Auntie Anne’s pretzel fix at the mall or the airport (do they exist anywhere else?), you may be missing those salty, buttery treats now that we’re not spending much time in either place. If this is the case, mark your calendar for Sunday, May 31 at 4 p.m. EST, when THE Auntie Anne herself (the chain’s founder Anne Beiler) will be doing a Facebook Live pretzel-making tutorial.”
CNET: A chef offered up her sourdough starter on Instagram and the results are amazing. “Nothing travels faster than news in 2020, thanks to social media, except maybe sourdough starter. Just ask Johanna Hellrigl, the 31-year-old chef and Washington, D.C, resident who, at the start of the outbreak when the U.S. began shuttering, offered to share a sourdough starter with her 6,000-plus Instagram followers. At last count, the former executive chef at Doi Moi had distributed over 500 iterations of her starter and, in doing so, created a sprawling network of baked goods and goodwill in rather dark times.”
WZDX: Hundreds share recipes on “Quarantine Cookbook” Facebook page. “Are you tired of cooking and eating the same meals during the quarantine? There’s a new Facebook group that can help! The group, Quarantine Cookbook, was created by an Albertville woman. Ansley Cash created the group so people can share recipes during the stay-at-home order.”
CNA: These celebrity chefs are offering quarantine-friendly Instagram cooking classes. “With one-third of the global population on lockdown in an attempt to flatten the curve, a handful of chefs and TV show personalities have taken to Instagram to share easy-to-follow recipes to ensure that you eat well while practising safe distancing.”
Lifestyle Asia: 9 best online resources to learn how to make bread. “We’re all spending way more time at home these days. Chances are, you’re picking up a few newfound hobbies, whether it’s playing the ukulele or learning Spanish. Yet, for something that will really yield into a life skill far beyond these days of lockdown, you’ll want to try your hand at making bread. As everybody’s Instagram feeds flourish with the ubiquitous homemade sourdough starter flex, perhaps it’s also time for you to learn the art of turning three simple ingredients into the universe’s greatest gift.”
Indulge (Indian Express): Isolation Cooks is a social media project chronicling our collective food journey in times of global isolation. “Cooking = coping. And that’s what inspired ‘Isolation Cooks’ – a social media initiative documenting what’s going on in kitchens around the world – as a window to how people are dealing with fears and anxieties in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Started four days ago, by a group of friends in India, working from home under the 21-day nation-wide lockdown, the idea we are told was birthed from a conversation in the kitchen.”
BBC: How to dine ‘out’ during Covid-19 . “All over the world, people affected by the coronavirus pandemic are turning to the internet and finding food-related ways to navigate this new territory together.”
Washington Post: Before the coronavirus epidemic, they didn’t know how to cook. Now they are scrambling to learn.. “With restaurants closed across more than two dozen states — though takeout and delivery are still available in many places — employment uncertainty and grocery store shelves periodically barren, a growing number of people are watching online tutorials, FaceTiming parents, and asking experts on Instagram and Twitter for help in an end-of-days-like scramble to learn how to cook.” If you’re in this situation, may I recommend the YouTube Channel You Suck at Cooking? Informative, tasty, surreal, and very funny. For you vegans out there, check out Pick Up Limes. Makes me hungry every time I watch.
Robb Report: Michelin-Starred Chef Massimo Bottura Launches Free ‘Kitchen Quarantine’ Cooking Classes on Instagram . “If you ever wanted to sharpen your culinary skills, there may be no better time than now. Not only is preparing a home-cooked meal a happy distraction from a certain world crisis, it’s also nourishing for your body, mind and soul. Lucky for you, one of the world’s best chefs is now serving up free cooking classes directly to your smartphone.”
The Takeout: Largest archive of Mexican cookbook manuscripts available for consumption online. “If you love Mexican food and are curious about how it came to be, click right on over to the University of Texas-San Antonio library, which has digitized much of its extensive Mexican cookbook collection, including 48 handwritten manuscripts.”
AI Weirdness: AI + Vintage American cooking: a combination that cannot be unseen. “I began to wonder if I would actually be able to tell the difference between the neural net recipes and the real thing. Jello was supposed to be easy-to-prepare, after all – maybe through repetition an advanced neural net like GPT-2 would learn how to make basic jello, and then anything it would decide to chuck in there would be technically reasonable. Maybe it would even coalesce on an ideal form, one that distilled human invention down to its essentials. No, as it turns out.” Creamy biscuits filled with ALLERGY ZOMBIES!
RealScreen: PBS Digital Studios launches food-focused YouTube channel PBS Zest. “PBS Digital Studios has launched its food-focused, documentary-style YouTube channel PBS Zest as part of the studio’s ‘themed channel strategy,’ which will bring together curated content from PBS member stations across the U.S.”