by Lexi Petronis
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When you're traveling, you spend a lot of time going out to meals at restaurants. But would you ever skip the restaurant and let a non-chef who lives locally whip up a home-cooked meal for you instead?
That's the idea behind Cookening, a site where local amateur chefs sell homemade meals to others and serve them right in their own dining rooms. Like Airbnb, there are photos and descriptions of everything you can try. Like...
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...a "cheese apocalypse" in Paris:
...or a "dinner with a warm and kind Roman family" (aww!) in Italy:
The photos are also accompanied by chef bios, which helps personalize the experience a bit. I don't know--I would be all over that pasta above!
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And another service has recently taken root for amateur cooks: Shareyourmeal, where you can register the meals you've created that have lots of leftovers, and invite people in your neighborhood over to take them off your hands (for a price). The idea--besides the obvious not-wasting of tasty food--is to promote the social aspect of eating. Says one of the founders (based in the Netherlands): "We believe food brings people closer together. In the Netherlands, we see people of completely different ages, status, and cultures, meet each other in their kitchens. They chat, and sometimes contact starts happening outside the actual sharing."
What do you think--would you try either of these food sites?
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by Lexi Petronis