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Cookening Connects Hungry Travelers with Local Cooks

Written By Scott Joseph On July 19, 2013

We’ve had services like Couch Surfing and Airbnb for some time now. These are websites that connect homeowners with out of towners looking for a place to stay. It could literally a couch to sleep on or a spare bedroom, or, more often in the case of Airbnb, the entire house or apartment. I recently used Airbnb to rent a one-bedroom apartment in Paris and was very pleased with the place. There was no daily maid service as you’d have in a hotel, of course, but it was fun to live more like a Parisian for the week.

Now a service, based in France for now, is trying to do the same for hungry travelers and aspiring cooks. Cookening is a startup site that is exploring the world of collaborative consumption. As explained in this Techcrunch story, Cookening allows visitors to a new town to find locals who are willing (and one hopes able) to prepare a home-cooked meal in their homes. The cook makes some money and the diner gets a taste of authentic regional food and the opportunity to meet some real locals and learn about the culture.

What do you think? Would you participate in this service, either as a cook or an eater? If  you consider yourself a great cook, what would be the meal that you would prepare for the people coming to your house? Leave a comment below.

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