A new service lets people with cooking skills rent themselves out (or people with nice kitchens rent their space out for cooking). It’s all part of an attempt to get us to spend more time cooking together—and thinking about our meals.
I’ve found that most cooks don’t bake. Why? Baking is a precise science. There’s no wriggle room, so if you mess up (forget an ingredient or overdo it on one), you’re screwed. And there’s very little tasting along the way. But this brilliantly simple cake-making kit, designed by Guy Benadon, could convince the most steadfast chefs to attempt a dessert. It’s really just one step beyond an Easy-Bake Oven: Load the ingredients in the order in which they appear on the ridges of the bowl, then mix, pour, and bake.