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HOW SHCOOK WORKS
Fill in the PROFILE to let other SHCOOKs know…
…what you like and what you don't.
Vegetarian or trying to lose weight? Gluten intolerant or favoring kid-friendly meals? Whatever your tastes and preferences, there are people out there with similar profiles.
…your ideal numbers.
Do you want to cook once a week or maybe just once a month? Large family or single? Prefer to trade with just one other household or more? No problem. You can let other SHCOOKs know all your numbers!
…where you are.
Let them know where it is logistically convenient for you to exchange meals. (Because if you live in San Diego it is not too convenient to exchange meals with a SHCOOK in Boston!)
You can specify your gym, child's school or congregation or use the Ring Code field for any other type of club or association.
Use SHCOOK's SEARCH feature…
…to find like-minded home cooks to trade meals with.
Maybe she's the mom of your son's friend. Maybe he's your colleague or that neighbor you like - who knew they wanted to trade meals? Form a private trusted cooking ring with them (you will exchange home-cooked meals; you will not eat together).
Use SHCOOK's MY RING features…
…to keep track of preferences and budget, feedback, meal delivery schedule and recipes and communicate with the SHCOOKs in your ring.
Cook when it is your turn and share the food with the trusted home cooks in your carefully selected ring. But then sit back, relax and let the SHCOOKs in your ring spoil you with meals prepared for you.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME
Efficient use of your time: maximize the impact of your work!
When cooking a meal, you:
1) Decide what to cook, find the right recipe
2) Go shopping, gather the necessary groceries
3) Prepare the ingredients
4) Do the actual cooking
5) Clean up pots and pans
6) Tidy up the kitchen
Actual cooking (3 and 4) is just a portion of the activities required to prepare a meal. And notice how tasks 1, 2, 5 and 6 are pretty much the same, whether you cook for 2 people or for 12 - you still have to decide what to cook, get hold of the groceries and clean up afterwards.
You can maximize your efficiency by preparing a meal ONE TIME not just for your own family, but for more households. Tasks 1, 2, 5 and 6 are the same; you'd do them anyway! The extra effort invested in tasks 3 and 4 will be abundantly paid back MANY TIMES by receiving meals from other SHCOOKs.
Reduce the afternoon stress when you don't know what to have for dinner
Take care of your unique needs with SHCOOK's fully flexible approach
Make supportive friends
Reduce food waste
Try new recipes and expand your culinary horizons
Time for what matters to you
An opportunity for giving
WHY HOME COOKED MEALS
In the past few years there has been an important movement to go back to cooking more meals at home. Simply put, it is the only way to really control what you and your family eat. Material has been published highlighting different facets of the same issue yet all the articles conclude that preparing home cooked meals is important for your health.
Here is a partial selection of interesting reading material. If you know of an interesting source that we missed, please let us know.
Johns Hopkins School of Public HealthStudy Suggests Home Cooking is a Main Ingredient in Healthier Diet
Babble (Disney Interactive)A Mom's 10-Step Guide to Eating Healthier (And Sticking To It)
Civil EatsToss Those Take-Out Menus: New Study Says Cooking Makes us Healthier
Dr. Mark HymanHow Eating at Home Can Save Your Life
MedlinePlus, National Institutes of HealthHome Cooking May Help Keep Type 2 Diabetes at Bay
Time Inc.Homemade Meals Lower Risk of Diabetes, Study Says
People MagazineHow One Mother Learned How to Shop - and Lost 186 Lbs. - on a Budget
New York TimesSimple Rules for Healthy Eating
LifescriptRestaurant food not much healthier than fast food
Food52About Food52 / Food52 Cooking Manifesto
Self magazine6 Clean-Eating Tips From Food Guru Michael Pollan
OrganizationsThe Family Dinner Project