Photo: Cincinnati Cooks Facebook Group // Brett Valls
Brett Valls, local designer and moderator of the Cincinnati Cooks Facebook Group, emailed us here at CityBeat to tell us about his page – something that I was personally unfamiliar with that seems to be a very useful resource for home cooks trying to come up with recipe ideas while staying safe at home. So think of this as a PSA for anyone stuck in a food rut.
Cincinnati Cooks is “a group of home cooks or catering professionals to learn and share dishes and recipes with the people of Cincinnati.” According to Valls, it is “a community of advertising-free, positive-vibe home chefs and cooks who are learning to cook, to share what they’ve done, or (normally) to invite others to eat. “.
Scroll through the articles and find photos of delicious and sometimes weird dishes (for example, what looks like a calzone of Chef Boyardee’s spaghetti and meatballs) as well as questions, answers and recipes from posters.
Valls said he formed the group in 2017.
“All my life I have loved food programming, but it wasn’t really until three years ago that I started to learn to cook and cook more seriously. I started reading a lot more of books and enjoying quality recipe content online to make me a better home chef. I shared a lot on my own Facebook profile, but felt inspired to start a Facebook group where I could journal and invite others to do the same, ”he said in his email.
The group currently has nearly 2000 members and three rules:
- Never laugh at anyone’s dish! If you have constructive feedback that’s great, just be polite.
- Don’t make fun of or question anyone’s diet. Keep negative opinions to yourself.
- Give more than you take from this group. Self-promotion, recruiting, spamming and irrelevant links are not allowed.
Valls said: “When the reality of the epidemic sank on March 16, I posted a call to action to those in my own feed and within the group to share the group with others because I thought we were going to enter a period in history where we are likely to cook at home than we have in years. And since that happened last week, I have seen a huge influx of new members, posts, shared recipes and positive reinforcement. “
You can join the group or just scroll.