What's Cooking?

What's Cooking?


Photo by Phuc Duy Nhu To

The UCI Humanities Center is starting two new features.

The “What’s Cooking?” reflections explore how the COVID-19 changed what you cook and how you cook. In light of the coronavirus pandemic and the shelter in place orders, our everyday lives have changed drastically.  On the one hand, procuring food generates anxiety.  Shopping generates anxiety about contagion, especially for service workers whose jobs place them in daily contact with the public.  We also might wonder whether we are able to access ingredients necessary for food preparation, a concern that is particularly pressing for people who have lost their jobs.  On the other hand, we might also have more time to engage in food preparation as people explore how to make foods that provide comfort, that evoke a sense of home, and that replace commercially purchased foods.  Cooking also can be a moment of reflection and relaxation; and sharing our ideas about cooking strengthens our sense of community. Check out the Humanities Center Spotlight and "What's Cooking?" archive for reflections and commentaries about how the pandemic has changed our relationship to food.

The "Cooking with the Professor" video series is a collaboration with UCI Illuminations, the Campus Climate Council, and Professor Annalisa Coliva.  She and her guest cooks share simple yet meaningful recipes.  Click here to see the videos.