What is Look, Cook, and Eat?

Look, Cook, and Eat (LCE) is a digital cooking magazine for people with intellectual or learning challenges, designed to promote an independent lifestyle for people who live semi- or totally independently and want to gain life skills in the kitchen.

How Does It Work?

With a yearly subscription, you’ll have access (by computer or tablet) to new menus each month. Every recipe in every menu will have photos of ingredients and tools needed and short, simple videos to show you how to make it.

How Does It Look?

Super-cool! LCE is designed to work on computers or tablets, with big photos, simple words (in case reading is difficult), and easy navigation tools. Bright colors, clean design, and a sense of fun will help keep users engaged and entertained, as well as successful!

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  • Who Are We?

    The creators of LCE have decades of experience creating and designing cooking magazines. With backgrounds in writing, art direction, recipe development, food photography, videography, and styling, they bring the winning combination of skill and passion to LCE!

  • How Do I Start?

    LCE will launch no later than June 2015. Subscriptions coming soon!

Cooking class at GiGi’s Playhouse – Des Moines

I’ve gotten to know some of the great folks at GiGi’s Playhouse – Des Moines and taught my first cooking class there a few weeks ago for their GiGi U program. There I met classmates, Joel, Michael, and Trinity, and we made lunch together: tortilla soup, quesadillas, and pineapple-cucumber salad, one of the nine menus that will be featured in our premier issue of Look, Cook, and Eat!

Joel, grating cheese, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Joel, GiGi U, February 23, 2015

Jess, our videographer for LCE, snapped these great photos for us. I’ll let them speak for themselves, but I think it’s clear that the class was a hit, not only for the students but for me too. This was the first time we’d really tested the waters with some of our LCE recipes and the audience for which they’re intended, and aside from the soup being “a little spicy,” GiGi U program director, Daniell Bargstadt, told me that everyone had a great time. *phew* I’m even doing it again next week. *phew phew*

Michael, making quesadillas, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Michael, making quesadillas, GiGi U, February 23, 2015

That’s the hardest part about creating something totally new and out of the blue. You can convince yourself that your idea is a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind, everyone-will-love-it sort of thing. But the doubt demons take hold (usually at 3am) and then you just want to back quietly away, pretend you never thought such crazy things.

Trinity, making quesadillas, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Trinity, making quesadillas, GiGi U, February 23, 2015

But these kinds of experiences help fight off the demons. Other LCE issues are sure to crop up that will wake me at 3am but in the last couple of weeks it’s just been my cats who’ve had that dubious distinction. Every day that we work on LCE stuff–photography, recipe development, videotaping–we get more energized and excited.  So that keeps us going too.

Mostly, though, it’s stuff like this cooking class that makes me think we’re on the right track.

GiGi U, February 23, 2015

 

Cooking class, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Cooking class, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Cooking class, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Cooking class, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Cooking class, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Cooking class, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Cooking class, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Cooking class, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Cooking class, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Cooking class, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Cooking class, GiGi U, February 23, 2015
Cooking class, GiGi U, February 23, 2015