Coverage of the Home Cooking Movement

Since 2016, the movement to legalize home cooked foods sales has been covered by dozens of news outlets across the country. Please find select radio, newspaper, and television reports below. Reach out to advocacy@cookalliance.org for a full press coverage list.

On the Radio

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In the Newspaper

The daily journal (2019)

When an extra meal becomes extra income

Maya Mendoza knows well what it’s like to feed a crowd. Whether it’s pork adobo or a dish prepared for those on a healthy diet, Mendoza is used making enough food for neighbors and friends of her family to take part in the meals she cooks at home.

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SF Chronicle (2018)

California home cooks stand up for bill that would decriminalize their work.

Home cooking “brought my joy back,” McGhee told the crowd. But after a year and a half, the police knocked on her door last year and ordered her to stop.

The New York Times (2018)

Home Cooks Can Now Sell Their Food in California

In much of the world, it’s the most normal thing: selling food that you make at home. But when Hai Ngoc Lam arrived in the United States five years ago from Vietnam, he found out what other would-be food entrepreneurs here already knew: It’s illegal.

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Civil eats (2017)

A New Law Would Legalize Selling Home-Cooked Food in California

Nelson, who has struggled to find the resources to expand her business beyond baked goods, hopes the legislation will allow her to have an additional source of income without a huge infusion of money.

New food economy (2018)

Thousands of California home cooks have no idea they’re breaking the law every day

By selling or trading food with neighbors, contributing dishes to the church BBQ fundraiser, or peddling tamales on the street, home cooks violate food sales and safety laws. But new legislation will make them "Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operators.”

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Washington Post (2016)

Undercover sting nabs California mother selling ceviche through Facebook group

A California woman who faces up to two years behind bars for selling food through a Facebook group said she’s in disbelief as she prepares for the start of her trial this week.

On Television

KRON 4 (2018)

Fox 40 (2018)

CBS News (2018)

ABC News (2018)