Latter-day Saint food bloggers have been a source of comforting recipes and culinary advice during the pandemic

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It took a pandemic and a societal shutdown — schools moving online, offices forced to telecommute, and restaurants restricted to takeout — for the dying art of home cooking to be resurrected.

It happened one soup pot, macaroni casserole and bread loaf at a time in kitchens across the country, including Utah.

And to whom, in many cases, did these cooks turn for comforting recipes and culinary advice in a time of need?

Some of Utah’s top Latter-day Saint food bloggers.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had a better year on the blog,” said Carrian Cheney. “Our traffic almost quadrupled.”

Cheney and her husband, Cade, have operated the Oh, Sweet Basil blog for nearly 12 years — and have 115,000 Instagram followers.

The popularity of preparing food at home has

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The pandemic changed the way we eat and get food

The coronavirus pandemic changed many aspects of life, including how people eat, get groceries and enjoy food.

Restaurants began offering curbside pickup, grocery-delivering apps were created, and people started cooking more at home rather than eating out. Like almost everything else, the COVID-19 pandemic changed people’s relationship with food.

Burcay Gunguler, 45, and her husband, Aybars, opened Social Sloth café in downtown Lansing in August 2020. The couple created a space to share their love of Turkish baked goods and coffee, something Gunguler believes is missing from the city. Adhering to COVID-19 standards, the couple came up with unique ways to introduce people to their café.

The café now has some regular customers, but Gunguler is slowly growing its clientele through creative initiatives such as holiday brunch boxes and virtual or in-person cooking workshops. The couple also utilizes social media to promote the café and word of mouth.


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How the pandemic changed L.A. food culture

For this weekend’s Food section, the Food team marked the anniversary of the pandemic-related shutdowns and its rippling effects on Los Angeles’ dining and cooking culture.

Jenn Harris profiles four longtime hospitality workers to find out how they survived the last year: Dante De La Rosa, a server at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach; Abby Zialcita, service operations manager for Tartine Silver Lake and Sycamore; Cynthia Longley, director of operations for the Lucques Group; and Enrique Rosas, a bartender at Tam O’Shanter in Atwater Village for more than 40 years. The dine-in closures and the roller-coaster months that followed entwine their narratives, but each of them have very different and compelling stories.

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Why Would Anyone Open a Restaurant in a Pandemic?

The Covid baby boom that many people predicted last year has not happened, but another kind of baby boom is underway. Restaurants and food businesses have been born during the pandemic at a rate that almost no one predicted a year ago, when dining rooms across the United States were ordered to close.

After a steep plunge that reached its lowest point last April, openings have bounced back nearly to prepandemic levels, according to a year-end analysis by Yelp. The company reported that 18,207 restaurants and food businesses were first listed on its service during the last three months of 2020, just 4 percent less than in the same period in 2019. In one category, “grab-and-go services,” including food trucks and bakeries, new listings even went up.

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