U.K.-Hong Kong, U.S. Protests, Travel: Your Thursday Briefing

U.K.-Hong Kong, U.S. Protests, Travel: Your Thursday Briefing

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Not everyone is using time at home to cultivate a sourdough starter. The food expert Priya Krishna writes for us about how necessity has forced fledgling home cooks to confront their biggest fear: using their kitchens.

The result is a lot of blackened pots and smoke-filled apartments — but also some victories, like fried eggs and a decent carbonara.

Priya tells us about Melissa Hodges, for instance, a 22-year-old who thought it would be her big opportunity to learn to cook. Then she tried to heat up a frozen cheese pizza.


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“I stuck it in the oven at a random temperature because I didn’t bother to read the instructions,” Ms. Hodges recalled. “About 20 minutes in, it fell through the cracks of my oven.” The result was both doughy and charred.

Another challenge to overcome is a lack of enthusiasm for cooking.

“I don’t want to feed my son chicken tenders and frozen pizzas,” Miranda Richardson, a police administrator, told Priya. But what she chooses to make instead may not pass muster with him. “Kids tell the truth when they don’t like food.”

She said she is actually a good cook — she recently made a vanilla cake — but still dislikes cooking. “Being in that kitchen just does not make me happy,” she said.

That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Victoria

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To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the rest of the break from the news. You can reach the team at briefing@nytimes.com.

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