Have You Ever Participated in a Cooking Co-op?

The New York Times Dining Section 6.23.10

Did you read the article about cooking co-ops in The New York Times today? It explained how many individuals and families are teaming up to cook meals and then swap them with others. It lightens the burden of cooking every single night for a growing, hungry family, and it also introduces people to new friends and new food.

We loved the stories of co-ops in the piece; we kind of want to start one now! What do you think? Have you ever done one of these? There are issues and potential problems, of course: Make sure that your tastes converge with those of others in the group, advises Laurie Woolever, the author. If one cook likes Hamburger Helper and others don't, well... figure that out first. Learn recipes that will last well in the fridge and transport easily.

We could see this being a tremendously fun and useful sort of arrangement for busy cooks and families. It could also be an especially good thing for families who are working to eat gluten-free or vegan; teamed up with other families in the same situation, they could learn new dishes and find new ways of following their constraints.

Read the full article: Saving Time and Stress With Cooking Co-ops

Related: Great Idea! Start a Freezer Meal Cooperative

(Image: Evan Sung for The New York Times)

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