Illinois allows home cooks to sell shelf-stable foods beyond farmers markets

Jul 20, 2021
A new law will enable entrepreneurs to make direct sales and deliveries of bread, cake and other homemade products across the state.
Starting in January, cottage food operators can make direct sales and deliveries of products like cookies, breads and jams.
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California law puts home cooks in the gig economy

Aug 27, 2019
A California "microenterprise" permit allows people to sell the food they prepare at home directly to consumers.
Meghan McConaghy serves up tacos at her home in West Vale, California. She was one of the first people in the state to obtain a microenterprise home kitchen permit to sell her food.
Larry Buhl

"Milk Street" wants to take home cooking in a new direction

Oct 3, 2017
Christopher Kimball is loosening his bow tie and having more fun in the kitchen.
Instead of focusing on the technique, Kimball says, the key to a good home meal is all about big flavors.
Courtesy of Christopher Kimball's Milk Street