reasons to take a cooking class

There are many reasons why I don’t sign up for all of the cooking classes that always sound so intruiging.

Most of the time I don’t want to spend the money. $50 for a cooking class?! I’m on a budget! (Let’s pay no attention to the fact that I don’t bat an eyelash at spending double that at Whole Foods. Or out to eat.)

The other issue I have is that I kind of like low-key nights at home during the week because it feels like I’m always scrambling to keep the house in order, wash my dishes from lunch and breakfast at work, prepare the meals for the following day, make a decent meal and sneak in some trashy tv, all while washing my sweaty yoga clothes.

But it turns out that I should just suck it up sometimes. They are SO fun! Mercedes treated me to a Cooking Class for a shower gift (really good gift idea!) and we had a blast! Here are the reasons, why you should take that cooking class you’ve been putting off.

  • Inspiring! There are so many things I want to make now
  • Perfect way to spend time with a loved one, friend, etc.
  • You actually learn things!!! I learned SO much – did you know that you should sweat mushrooms in a dry pan before adding any oil? I didn’t!
  • Our chef didn’t really believe in recipes, so we really learned techniques, not just how to read a recipe which I loved
  • I’m no longer intimidated by a caramel sauce
  • It is just plain fun. It also happens to be a great way to take a break from non-stop wedding thoughts. ;)
Have you ever taken a cooking class? What did you think of it? 


  1. says

    I went to one at Cooks of Crocus Hill once w/my wife. It wasn’t so much a “cooking class” but instead a class where they showed you how to make a meal with several parts. I don’t know if that counts.

    I am a “throw stuff together and hope it works” kind of person. I can blindly lead my way through the cabinets/fridge and make something out of nothing. I really need to get better at doing this from store->dinner though and avoid falling into ruts.

    By using recipes found elsewhere and planning ahead I’ve been able to do that but only with the guidance provided by others. I’d really like a class which helped me better organize shopping for vegetables and proteins and got me to be able to pull a bunch of random items together from a shopping trip meant to last us two weeks. That would be perfect :)

  2. Kristin says

    I take about 5 classes a year at the Whole Foods in Uptown. The woman that teaches the classes is amazing and she gives you history on cuisine, variations on recipes, etc. You should check them out in LA. They are around $30 and you get a meal out of it too. In other states (where liquor is sold in grocery stores), they serve wine at them too!

  3. says

    I definitely did not know that about mushrooms? I always heard not to salt them because they will release too much liquid, but who knows if that’s even right?! That cooking class sounds like alot of fun – I go to many of our monthly Whole Foods cooking demos and enjoy them alot, but they aren’t hands on. I’d love to try a class that was sometime soon!

  4. says

    I have taken several cooking classes. The last one that I took was to learn how to can stuff. I’ve grown up with canning but I’ve never really tried it. While my mom could have shown me everything they showed me, they had some different recipes thatmy mom would have never thought of. It was great fun!

  5. says

    What a great gift idea!
    I love taking classes and wish I could afford to take more. Ps I also don’t claim my Whole Food sspendings in the budget : )
    Just in case you missed it you can get $20 for $10 at WF on Living Social today!

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