In a month of negative news, I thought it would be good to remember some of the more hopeful things that came from the first UK lockdown. 

Community Comfort – recipes from the Diaspora 

100 British cooks from migrant backgrounds come together in this e-cookbook to raise funds for the bereaved healthcare colleagues and families of Black, Asian & Ethnic minority victims of Covid-19. 

Louis Theroux’s new interviews

Unable to travel as normal, Louis used the first lockdown to track down some high-profile people he’s been longing to talk to – from Lenny Henry to Boy George. 

Zadie Smith’s new collection of essays

Intimations covers the subject of lockdown in a way that only Zadie Smith could. Vogue called it her most personal work yet.

Staying In – a lockdown cookbook

With over 35 recipes, donated by chefs and food writers, and shot by photographer Issy Croker whilst in isolation herself, you’ll find something to make for morning, afternoon and evening, whilst raising money for the brilliant charity Chefs in Schools.

Samin Nosrat’s new podcast

Home Cooking is a podcast from Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway, which began as quarantine cooking inspiration.

This website started early on in the year but has really taken off in the US during Covid. It offers a real alternative to Amazon for books, and allows you to support your favourite local bookshop if they have to be closed 

An online art club

This brilliant food illustrator produced some very sweet and engaging videos to follow along with. Enjoyable whatever your creative level.

Late night pickles with Tabitha Brown

Tik Tok isn’t my natural habitat, but the warmth of Tabitha Brown is difficult to deny. There is something joyful about her cooking.

Marcus Rashford’s school meals campaign 

Marcus Rashford’s campaign for free school meals has shone a light on the very real issue of hunger in the UK.  He has made fresh calls for people to donate to a food redistribution charity after MPs voted down his campaign to extend free school meals over the holidays.

Community food growing

Up and down the UK, volunteers have been rising to the challenge of the very real need for food banks. Growing food, raising money and sharing resources. 

Comedy at the Covid

Run by volunteers, this virtual comedy night has raised over £150,000 for charities, mostly the Trussell Trust, a network of food banks in the UK. Now once a month, the next gig is headlined by James Acaster. 

Farms to feed us

A social enterprise, founded by activists, farmers, journalists, and economists, with the purpose of connecting people with their food during this crisis and beyond. 


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