Brooklyn Public Library offers cooking classes from mobile kitchen the ‘CookMobile’

Libraries may be closed, but the Brooklyn Public Library is still teaching, providing teens with fun activities that help them stay engaged and full at home.

News 12 Staff

May 7, 2020, 11:28 AM

Updated 1,480 days ago

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Libraries may be closed, but the Brooklyn Public Library is still teaching, providing teens with fun activities that help them stay engaged and full at home.
The Brooklyn Public Library is attempting to convince New Yorkers to dust off their pans and warm up their ovens.
"Instead of cooking together at the library and building community that way, because that's what community does, we're going to keep that community together remotely," says Johanna Lewis, head chef at the Brooklyn Public Library.
Staff is re-purposing a cooking class using the library's mobile kitchen or the 'CookMobile' as they call it and producing virtual lessons.
"Home cooking is having more than a moment right now, and if teens are learning this really important life skill we're hoping it will stick to them forever, and I mean, hey, maybe they're going to want to become one of the cooks in their household," says Lewis.
Lewssays they're doing so much more than just showing teens how to make different dishes.
"Maybe things that you would not see in a regular YouTube cooking video as far as explaining the science. How ingredients got to the countries that we are cooking from like Trinidad, how ingredients may have come from their native South America, from India, from China and from Spain," says Lewis.
She says she's hoping the students find some other benefits to the videos too.
"Teens are not having so much fun right now; remote learning is really stressful, and it would be wonderful to be able to give them a break; I find most people find cooking to be a great stress reliever," says Lewis.
While Lewis says the videos are catered for teens, she's hoping others can enjoy them too.
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