Ninecooks, a resource for bringing people together in the kitchen, grew out of the shared cooking experience of food writer Lydia Walshin and a group of eight friends in rural northwest Rhode Island.
Who's Lydia? She's been a professional food writer since 1993; a food blogger at The Perfect Pantry and Soup Chick; author of South End Cooks: Recipes from a Boston Neighborhood; an award-winning contributing writer and former food columnist for Rhode Island Monthly magazine; former advisory board member for Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline program in Boston; founder of Drop In and Decorate® cookies for donation events.
She learned to cook by watching her grandmother in the kitchen – and Julia Child on television – and she discovered early on that the real joy of cooking came from cooking with friends and family, improvising together, laughing together, and sharing food traditions and memories.
So, in 2002, with a large-enough kitchen, an organized and curious mind, and a love of the wonderful, magical, sometimes hilarious things that happen when people cook together, she began hosting cooking sessions for her friends, once a month or so.
Today, eight years later, the original group, and many others, are still cooking in her log house kitchen.