Look, Cook and Eat: Changing lives with recipes for success
“Look, Cook and Eat is a dream come true,” writes Rebecca Richardson of her adult daughter, Audrey. “She made the French toast muffins for her dad and me all by herself. Audrey watched the cooking videos and followed along, and didn’t need any prompting from either of us — they were just the right speed for her.”
“I can’t tell you how much I love, love, love Look, Cook and Eat,” Gretchen Baldwin said. “My son is only 12, but he and I are having so much fun watching the cooking videos and working together in the kitchen. This is truly life changing!”
Sue Hoss, co-creator of Look, Cook, and Eat, treasures these emails (often with photos) from happy subscribers to the recently released digital magazine that helps teach people with intellectual disabilities how to cook and become more independent in the kitchen.
“An all-digital format allows us to use technology to our advantage,” Hoss explains. “With Look, Cook and Eat all the information the cook needs is at their fingertips.”
Look, Cook and Eat also aims to help make healthy eating a way of life for readers.
“It’s very easy to resort to frozen pizza and prepared meals,” Hoss said. “My sister, who has a chromosomal deficiency and intellectual disability, struggles with healthy eating and weight control, like so many other people, with or without disabilities. We emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables, and use minimal processed ingredients.”
Portion control and handling leftovers are also addressed.
Hoss and her two business partners understand cooking and publishing — collectively they logged three decades at a nationally distributed how-to cooking magazine.
“We’ve been successfully teaching people how to cook for years,” Hoss said, “and can explain cooking techniques in a simple, straightforward way.”
This background resulted in Look, Cook and Eat’s easy-to-follow format that makes cooking accessible to practically anyone who is willing to learn. Special education teachers and leaders of organizations that serve the special needs community are also excited about Look, Cook and Eat.
Sarah Mai, executive director of The Mission Project of Mission, Kan., said, “I believe in it. I appreciate those who are pushing the envelope, using technology to teach.”
Eventually, Hoss wants Look, Cook and Eat to grow to the point where they can hire adults with disabilities to help with videography, recipe development, data entry and marketing. She even dreams of adding a fitness component and forums for subscribers to share their kitchen accomplishments and photos. Adaptive cooking tools and cooking classes across the country are also on Sue’s list.
“Food is the perfect catalyst for community-building, and I think Look, Cook and Eat can become a vehicle for people with special needs to create a new kind of community for themselves, their friends, and their families.”
If you’d like to try Look, Cook and Eat’s cooking videos…
For $30 a year, subscribers to Look, Cook and Eat receive six issues by email, viewable on a computer or tablet. An issue features nine menus, each with three simple recipes for a main dish, a side dish or salad, and a drink or dessert. Every recipe is illustrated with photos, voice overs, and how-to videos.