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The 11 Best Women-Led Food-tivities on the Internet Right Now

Social isolation and restaurant closures can’t stop the women of food. This month, we’re celebrating the women-led virtual food-tivities that are keeping us going during the COVID-19 lockdown. From digital cooking classes and Instagram live demos, to boozy benefit events on Zoom, we love how the global food community is rallying to support each other and finding ways to stay connected amidst this crisis. Here are the top 10 channels to help you stay connected to the food community this month:

What women-led digital channels are keeping you inspired right now? Shoot us an email – we’d love to feature them.


Samin Nostrat’s Home Cooking Podcast

The food world’s darling, Samin Nosrat (@ciaosamin), and Hrishikesh Hirway (@hrishihirway) just posted the second installment of their weekly quarantine podcast, Home Cooking. Specifically dreamed up to help you figure out what to cook right now and keep you company during quarantine. As Samin says, “it’s SO good.”

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Molly Baz and Test Kitchen Talks @ Home

If you’re not already following Bon Appetit’s Food Editor, Molly Baz (@mollybaz), now’s the time. She’s stuck in Joshua Tree National Park because of COVID-19 but that isn’t stopping her from posting about what she’s cooking up during the lockdown. Check out her instagram for daily recipes, cooking tips and live demo videos. Catch up on the rest of the Bon Appetit test kitchen team with their Test Kitchen Talks @ Home series on YouTube.

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Belinda Chang’s Virtual Boozy Brunch with Belinda

James Beard Award winning sommelier Belinda Chang (@Belinda_Chicago) kicked off Virtual Boozy Brunch with Belinda, a weekly benefit series that supports furloughed sommeliers and chefs. Her featured guests from around the world raise $1500 in tips for a 5 -10 minute segment on AVERAGE. It sells out every week so be sure to sign up in advance!

Photo Credit: Belinda Chang

Jarry Mag’s Virtual Visits

Liz Alpern (@LizAlpern), creator of Queer Soup Night, hosted the first of Jarry Mag’s (@jarrymag) virtual visits last week, sharing her mazto ball soup recipe. In addition to cooking demos, Jarry Mag will also be hosting helpful sessions on Instagram Live like guided meditations and discussions on navigating anxiety during this time.

Photo Credit: Naomi Ellenson

Padma Lakshmi’s Virtual Cooking Demos

Like so many of us, Padma Lakshmi (@padmalakshmi), finds joy and comfort through cooking and baking. And sourdough. She recently shared her first sourdough starter experience on Instagram.

Photo Credit: Sasha Israel.

Fatma Binta’s Weekly Food Heritage Talks

Fatma Binta (@chef_binta) started hosting live sessions on Instagram with friends in the hospitality industry. Each week, she shares recipes, cooking tips, and discusses food heritage.

Photo Credit: Ben Pipe

Christina Tosi’s Baking Club

Need an afternoon pick me up? The queen of sweets, Christina Tosi (@ChristinaTosi), hosts her #bakingclub everyday at 2PM EST via Instagram Live. From microwave compost cakes in a mug to matzah pie, Christina has killer treat recipes covered.

Photo Credit: Christina Tosi

Ina Garten’s Instagram.

Talk about an inspiration. The legendary Ina Garten (@inagarten) gives us a peek into her pantry and shares easy-to-make, comforting recipes with the pantry staples you probably have on hand. She’s also taking requests – let her know which pantry staples you want to see used and she’ll suggest a recipe!

Photo Credit: Ina Garten

Ali Rosen’s Daily Meal Demos

Ali Rosen (@ali_rosen) of Potluck with Ali has started doing daily 15 minute meal videos that are live on Instagram at 11:45AM EST. Sometimes her son Guy joins in with her and assists with cooking. It’s pretty adorable. Take a nice break from whatever it is you’re doing with your quaran-time to cook with Ali.

Photo Credit: Noah Fecks

Dani and Jackie’s Virtual Happy Hours

What better time than now to up your cocktail game? Learn how to make cocktails from bartender pros Jackie Summers, creator of Sorel Liqueur, Daniella Veras, and Lauren Myerscough, co-founder of Cocktail and Sons. They’re hosting Dani and Jackie’s Virtual Happy Hour, every night on Zoom at 6PM EST. 

Julia Moskin’s Guide on How to Stock a Modern Pantry

“Cooking is simpler and faster when you already have the ingredients.” Just in time for a lockdown, NYT Cooking’s Julia Moskin recently posted this super useful guide on How to Stock a Modern Pantry.

Photo Credit: Julia Gartland for The New York Times. Prop Stylist: Kristine Trevino

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