Fearless Approved Schools: PCC Cooks – Seattle

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Seattleites probably know the PCC Natural Markets as the place to pick up local, organic anything, but while many may find the produce is prime, it’s the cooking classes that are the real star of the co-op. Want to make vegetarian sushi? Gluten-free pasta? Homemade cheese? PCC has a variety of courses, many internationally-focused (think Mediterranean, Thai and even Egyptian cuisine),  plus lots of opportunities to get … [Read more...]

Fearless Approved Schools: The Chopping Block – Chicago

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The Chopping Block is a mecca for the homecooks of Chicago (it is, after all, the city’s largest recreational cooking school) with something for everyone, whether you’re a kitchen newcomer or a pro looking to expand beyond your go-to food genres. You can start with Knife Skills, the school’s most popular class, or something a bit more advanced, maybe making baby food, butchering a chicken or tackling foreign fare … [Read more...]

Fearless Holiday Cooking: Tips from the Pros

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                       Holiday meals can cause even confident cooks anxiety. I asked some of my food writer friends for their best advice. - Kathleen. General Planning Tips 1. Make Lists "Make lots of lists," advises Diane Morgan, the author of The New Thanksgiving Table and The Thanksgiving Table. "Make a grocery list and divide it among the different … [Read more...]

Fearless Thanksgiving: Easy as Pie

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First time making pie? Or are you simply out of your gourd from baking one too many of the Thanksgiving classic? No problem. We went straight to the expert, Kate McDermott, the pie maven at Art of Pie. She worked with us to put together some easy, palette-pleasin' pie tips, including her recipe for spicing up the old standby. If you're looking for a go-to pie crust, try McDermott's. She kindly demonstrates how … [Read more...]

Book tour takes me to Tampa

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.... now say that five times fast. The paperback tour for The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, which, by the way,  has been equally exciting and exhausting, is coming to a close BUT not before a visit to Tampa and Inkwood Books. On Thursday, Oct. 25, I'll be at Inkwood celebrating with wine, small bites from the book and cooking demos starting at 7 p.m. As always, I'm happy to sign copies. I have the kind folks at … [Read more...]

Fearless Thanksgiving: Vegetable Love

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In 2009, I set about a project to understand what keeps people from cooking at home, an experience that turned into the book The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons turned Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks. I discovered that cooking has evolved into something of a spectator sport in modern cultures. As one person in my project confessed, “I’ve eaten Tuna Helper while watching Gordon … [Read more...]

Wine, dine and demos in San Diego

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The paperback tour for The Kitchen Counter Cooking School takes me to San Diego in a little more than a week  for two interactive events, and I'd love for you to join m On Oct. 16, I'll give the keynote speech (followed by Q & A) at a fundraiser  dinner ($75-$95) for the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF). We'll be housed in San Diego's popular Table 926 restaurant. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., and you can make … [Read more...]

Food Writing Boot Camp in Washington D.C. on October 9th

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Anyone who has taken my food writing classes knows that I have great passion for teaching. So I'm excited that my D.C. stop for  The The Kitchen Counter Cooking School paperback tour includes one stop featuring a writing class. On Oct. 9, I'll  be at D.C.'s famous Politics & Prose bookstore from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. teaching a "Food Writing Boot camp" focused on some key fundamentals of food writing. We'll touch on … [Read more...]