2007: cook/travel/eat/learn

January 23rd, 2007

Early in the year, my thoughts turn to travel. In fact, my thoughts revolve around travel, cooking and…learning most of the time! Skimming through websites of cooking classes, I came to a full stop on two, one north and one south. In Normandy, classes run in the home and kitchen of well known author Susan H. Loomis have taken on tempting variations for the spring season. The first week in April (just before Easter) she offers cooking classes in tandem with a poet. Classes with James NavĂ©, founder of the Writing Salon and well known for both his readings and poems, are woven into a week of cuisine and conversation. Could be a scintillating combination! Classes are kept to just seven participants; more details can be found on the website, www.onruetatin.com

When I say south, I do not exaggerate: go to Apulia, on the heel of Italy’s elegant boot to find a lively cooking school in Lecce. There, Silvestro Silvestori’s school holds classes for the week, the weekend, and even one-day classes on a special-request basis. It just takes one visit to the website, www.awaitingtable.com to gather that this is not only a dynamic cooking school, but that the historic setting is remarkable - and the Apulian cuisine quite a diverse mix of specialties from the sea and earth. For more information, a message to Silvestro at info@awaitingtable.com will answer queries on their plans and projects this year. The November Olive Harvest Week is a most appealing course, spending time with the olive harvesters, cooks and in local markets. More information on this location in southern Italy is only a tap away. I am tempted to travel south (in grey November, why not?) to cook, eat, learn - and relax!

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