Run a Business, Raise My Daughter & Keep My Cool? Here’s How That’s Going.

Six months ago, I was on the way home from the canceled Natural Products Expo when news broke about cases of coronavirus in New York City. Walking through the terminal at JFK, I saw people in masks for the first time. Nobody on the flight from L.A. had…

Six months ago, I was on the way home from the canceled Natural Products Expo when news broke about cases of coronavirus in New York City. Walking through the terminal at JFK, I saw people in masks for the first time. Nobody on the flight from L.A. had had one on, including me.

The city was on the verge of quarantine. My daughter Ramona’s school transitioned to wholly remote learning. I felt lucky that my business had been deemed essential, but with my kid thrown into the equation, everything changed. How would I manage full-time motherhood on top of full-time entrepreneurship? It seemed impossible, but I needed the money.

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You’re Invited to Food52’s Holiday Swap—2020-Style

For 11 years, Food52 has been a gathering place for people who believe food is the center of a life well-lived. We support and connect home cooks of all stripes; share the handiest tools for every room in the home; and work with writers from around the…

For 11 years, Food52 has been a gathering place for people who believe food is the center of a life well-lived. We support and connect home cooks of all stripes; share the handiest tools for every room in the home; and work with writers from around the world to bring back delicious recipes and heartwarming stories.

Our community is the backbone of Food52 and has been since the start—but is especially important this year. While we can't necessarily be with friends and loved ones in person, we can connect with and celebrate them in other ways, and spread a little joy while we're at it. Food52ers are experts at this.

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Is Delhi’s Street Food Culture Over As We Know It?

Delhi bustles on a normal day: Customers crowd into shophouses, chic cafés plate continental fusion, and five-rupee cups of chai fly out of stalls. But all of this came to a complete grinding halt when Delhi was named one of the country’s largest hotsp…

Delhi bustles on a normal day: Customers crowd into shophouses, chic cafés plate continental fusion, and five-rupee cups of chai fly out of stalls. But all of this came to a complete grinding halt when Delhi was named one of the country’s largest hotspots for COVID-19, and a nationwide lockdown was mandated from March through May. Despite the nearly 80,000 confirmed cases in June, restrictions were lifted as the lockdown proved to be unaffordable.

Even as street food vendors slowly reopen their stalls, there is the unshakable realization that gathering publicly over food is now not only no longer feasible, but also dangerous. So how must the street food industry adapt in order to survive?

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6 Ideas That Changed How I Decorate My Home

For the record, I like my apartment—but the longer I spend in it, with no change of scenery or sense of variety in sight, the more I notice its middling little flaws. I’m not about to tear the place down to the studs (I doubt my security deposit would …

For the record, I like my apartment—but the longer I spend in it, with no change of scenery or sense of variety in sight, the more I notice its middling little flaws. I’m not about to tear the place down to the studs (I doubt my security deposit would cover that, anyway), but I’m always in search of ideas to keep the place feeling fresh—ones that don’t require a year-long renovation or a chunk of change to complete.

This is where browsing Reddit’s delightfully named subreddit, Amateur Room Porn, has come in handy. As its name might suggest, this page (and its discussions) are for non-professionals with a passion for interior decoration and design, eager to swap tips and show off what they’ve done with their everyday living situations—master bedroom facelifts, DIY book nooks, and wall-art attempts. In turn they received encouraging pats on the back (“I like the blanket draped over the back, it adds an extra little bit of coziness.”) and helpful advice (“Have fun slowly developing your taste and style. Remember, your favourites will come with time.”) Where the other popular decor subreddit Room Porn features more, let’s say professional-looking modern homes and hybrid indoor-outdoor spaces, Amateur Room Porn is more likely to display modest living rooms or dining nooks in city studios. It’s a reminder that, regardless of means, location, or design knowhow, everyone wants to live somewhere that suits their situation and personality and, frankly, looks nice and feels cozy (“It ain’t much, but it’s mine,” says one poster).

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16 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Cornbread (Other Than Stuffing)

Cornbread, warm, right out of the oven: It’s something we find ourselves eagerly cutting off squares of and eating straight from the pan, with a knifeful of soft butter for slathering onto each bite. It goes wonderfully with summer BBQs and Thanksgivin…

Cornbread, warm, right out of the oven: It's something we find ourselves eagerly cutting off squares of and eating straight from the pan, with a knifeful of soft butter for slathering onto each bite. It goes wonderfully with summer BBQs and Thanksgiving dinners alike. But no matter what time of year we make it, it all too soon it becomes a very different, much less joyous affair—bordering on tasteless, dry, and crumbly. What a shame. 

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Chef JJ Johnson on Harlem, Community & Tomato Salad

COVID-19 changed the restaurant industry as we knew it. And even as businesses begin to reopen across the country, there are countless challenges ahead. In this series, Restaurant Quality, we’re checking in with a few of our favorite chef-slash–cookboo…

COVID-19 changed the restaurant industry as we knew it. And even as businesses begin to reopen across the country, there are countless challenges ahead. In this series, Restaurant Quality, we're checking in with a few of our favorite chef-slash–cookbook authors and seeing how they're holding up. Along the way, you'll get signature recipes to make at home—and find out how you can support the chefs and their staffs. Today, get to know JJ Johnson.


JJ Johnson feels like his Harlem restaurant Fieldtrip is doing the work he’s always strived for. While a global pandemic led to widespread job loss in the food industry, this slowdown brought about a certain clarity to the chef. As schools, offices, and construction sites closed down, Johnson noticed his customer base shift. His regulars, “the everyday worker in Harlem,” as Johnson calls them, were slowly replaced with more new faces—locals who had never visited the restaurant—than ever before.

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Life After Layoffs: How Empanadas Gave Me A Sense Of Belonging

When COVID-19 reached the United States, I was working full time as an in-house content writer for a company that was about to launch a credit card review website. I kept coming into work each day feeling secure that this pandemic surely wouldn’t affec…

When COVID-19 reached the United States, I was working full time as an in-house content writer for a company that was about to launch a credit card review website. I kept coming into work each day feeling secure that this pandemic surely wouldn’t affect the industry I worked in. It wasn’t long before human resources decided that I, along with other creative team members, were costing the company too much in the midst of this health crisis and dismissed us.

I drove home, thinking about what I was going to do. It felt as though something greater than myself took over, and I made a detour to my favorite Latino grocery store. I felt myself guided towards the ingredients I needed to make Peruvian-style empanadas: a cartload of red onions, a big hunk of beef eye round (what is referred to as “boliche”), butter, lard, ají amarillo chilies, cumin, and oregano. I loaded my trunk with the groceries, pulled out my phone, and announced to my social media followers that I had just gotten laid off and would be selling Peruvian empanadas that week.

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The Unforgettable Pasta That Makes Me Long For Italy

In Our World, Before & After, we’re asking our favorite culture writers, cooks, and home/design experts to describe how life will be different after COVID-19—with essays on cooking and being at home, the new ways and foods we’ll eat, plus travel gu…

In Our World, Before & After, we're asking our favorite culture writers, cooks, and home/design experts to describe how life will be different after COVID-19—with essays on cooking and being at home, the new ways and foods we’ll eat, plus travel guides (both real and imagined).


If Italy were an over-the-knee boot, Riomaggiore would be where the top edge rests on the thigh. It’s the southernmost of the five villages forming Cinque Terre, or “five lands,” hugging the Italian Riviera.

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How Community Fridges Are Fighting Food Insecurity

On a sidewalk, in a corner of Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, there sits a fridge. It hums quietly—indicating it’s working, and not abandoned. The fridge is painted purple and sports a face with arched green eyebrows and a playful curl down its forehead. Beneath…

On a sidewalk, in a corner of Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, there sits a fridge. It hums quietly—indicating it’s working, and not abandoned. The fridge is painted purple and sports a face with arched green eyebrows and a playful curl down its forehead. Beneath the face, a written message: “Free food for all! Take some, leave some, keep it clean!” Inside, on its shelves, is fresh produce, left there by caring neighbors, supportive passersby, or bought with donations made to Playground Coffee Shop, a community-minded cafe run by Zenat Begum. Everything inside the fridge is free.

In a little over a week, Begum and her team of Playground employees, volunteers, and friends have set up almost 10 such fridges across Brooklyn—the majority in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, and Sunset Park. The premise is simple: functioning fridges, usually sourced through Craigslist, filled with fresh fruits and vegetables for the taking. “We’re only encouraging people to give fresh produce because that’s what the war is on,” Begum tells me over the phone. Most of the fridges are also set up near local independent businesses, in the hopes that they’ll also receive some of the attention the fridges attract. “We’re using our own sidewalks to do this because that’s where the people are at.”

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Thousands of Bakers Are Raising Funds for Black Lives Matter

“We hope this is something we can come back to year after year because it shouldn’t just happen this year,” pastry chef Paola Velez said in an interview with Eater. “When we say, ‘Black lives matter,’ we shouldn’t just say it once. We should keep on sh…

“We hope this is something we can come back to year after year because it shouldn’t just happen this year,” pastry chef Paola Velez said in an interview with Eater. “When we say, ‘Black lives matter,’ we shouldn’t just say it once. We should keep on shouting it from the rooftops until true, effective change happens. Until my life matters.”

Velez is the executive pastry chef of Kith and Kin (and also runs Doña Dona DC). With fellow D.C.-based pastry chefs Willa Lou Pelini and Rob Rubba—of Emelie's and Scrappy's Bagel Bar, respectively—they launched Bakers Against Racism on June 4. This week-long, virtual bake sale has rallied thousands—from home cooks to furloughed chefs—across the country, baking and (safely!) handing-off treats.

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