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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!)

…your affiliations.

You can specify your gym, child's school or congregation or use the Ring Code field for any other type of club or association.

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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).

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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.

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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

Stress, how much stress from the approaching dinnertime and nothing planned for dinner! SHCOOK is conducive to a more relaxed home because finally you can eliminate survival mode - the anxiety of the usual question ‘what's for dinner’. And the day that it's your turn to cook, you won't be stressed because you have it all under control: you have been preparing mentally for the whole week, you have set aside time for the one time you cook, and you will find yourself actually enjoying crafting a meal for your family and the SHCOOKs in your ring.

Take care of your unique needs with SHCOOK's fully flexible approach

The SHCOOKing way of preparing meals easily adjusts to your schedule and lifestyle - its flexibility and customization allows you to determine how much you want to cook and how often. Every SHCOOKing ring is different because the members of the ring set it up to take care of their unique needs. Just find the right people and set up your unique ring.

Make supportive friends

Whether they are ‘old’ friends and you are helping each other in a new SHCOOKing way, or friends you just met through SHCOOK, do not miss this opportunity to share human warmth besides your meals. Over time, you will not only exchange food, but you will also form a network of supportive friends. If your ring was setup to take care of special dietary needs, your goal will be much easier to reach when you can count on a whole team of friends.

Reduce food waste

Planning your meals automatically drastically reduces the food you waste. Just buy what you need when it is your turn to cook. And avoid seeing those vegetables wilt in your refrigerator because you didn't find the time to prepare them during the week. Now you know what you need and when you need it (and you will prepare it!).

Save money

Not only you won't waste food, therefore money, but preparing SHCOOKed meals is ideal to buy in bulk - your dollars will go a long way. Another way to see it, is that the same budget that was buying your family junk food will now buy you high quality healthy ingredients: maximize the return on your food dollars! Also, SHCOOK allows you to drastically reduce the number of meals purchased at the last minute, when you scramble because you have nothing for dinner and resort to those takeout meals that really add up by the end of the month.

Try new recipes and expand your culinary horizons

If you are not already an experienced cook, over time you will become more and more proficient and curious about trying new recipes. Your cooking abilities will grow. And as you taste new recipes SHCOOKed by your friends you will be gradually exposed to more flavors and techniques. Especially children will benefit from the variety and open-mindedness in eating. A positive change that will be with your children for the rest of their lives.

Time for what matters to you

Now your dinner time is shaped differently: the evenings that you receive your meals become your evenings, your family's evenings. Concentrate on the most important things in your life without the hassle of providing for a meal. All your mind-share is for what counts to you, not for what can be eaten. Instead of preparing a meal or running to the take out you can read a book or play with your children.

An opportunity for giving

Once you'll have mastered the “art of SHCOOKing”, you'll probably realize that you can sometimes prepare an extra portion for somebody going through a challenging time. Savor the feeling of joy experienced in gifting a meal to somebody who needs it.


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 Health

Study 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 Eats

Toss Those Take-Out Menus: New Study Says Cooking Makes us Healthier
How Can We Get America Cooking? One Crumb at a Time

Dr. Mark Hyman

How Eating at Home Can Save Your Life

MedlinePlus, National Institutes of Health

Home Cooking May Help Keep Type 2 Diabetes at Bay

Time Inc.

Homemade Meals Lower Risk of Diabetes, Study Says

People Magazine

How One Mother Learned How to Shop - and Lost 186 Lbs. - on a Budget

New York Times

Simple Rules for Healthy Eating
Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?


Restaurant food not much healthier than fast food


About Food52 / Food52 Cooking Manifesto

Self magazine

6 Clean-Eating Tips From Food Guru Michael Pollan


The Family Dinner Project
Jamie Oliver Food Foundation
Chef Ann Foundation
Cooking Matters