Cook the Book: Mastering the Art of French Cooking

$165 per person

Our Cook the Book classes celebrate some of our favorite chefs and restaurants through their cookbooks. We select a signature dish from their cookbook, adapt it for the home kitchen, and build a menu around it to bring the book to life. These events are less instruction-based than our other cooking classes and make for an enjoyable night out.

What You'll Learn

By the end of the class, you will:

  • Understand the basics of French cooking, striking a balance between the complexities of the cuisine and the practicalities of the American home cook
  • Know how to adapt classical techniques wherever possible to recipes in all other French cookbooks and modern American cooking
  • Learn how to reproduce the taste and texture of French ingredients, using products available locally, for example the appropriate fish for poaching versus a bouillabaisse and the right potatoes for mashing or a gratin

About This Class

Mastering the Art of French Cooking is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic French cuisine. The focus will be on Coq au Vin, Julia’s famous recipe that employs so many core techniques of French cookery. Using many seasonal ingredients, we’ll round out our menu by adapting some classical techniques to more modern American conventions. After all, foundation and excellence of French cooking (and of good cooking in general) is due more to cooking techniques than to anything else!

We will demystify the splendor and glory of French sauces, explain how to poach and saute so that food cooks perfectly without losing its flavor, and conquer the epitome of French cooking, the souffle by learning how to fold beaten egg whites into a batter to retain maximum volume. 

Menu

Galettes Au Fromage (Cheese Wafers), French Bistro Salad, Coq au Vin, Gratin Dauphinois, Haricots Verts a la d’Hotel, and Chocolate Souffle

Details

  • Wine included
  • Full meal served in class
  • Work in teams
  • Ages 18+

FAQ

What is the format of a typical cooking class?

The average duration of our cooking classes is 4 hours, and they are broken down into three segments: Introductory lecture or demo, hands-on cooking, and eating.

The class will begin with a short discussion or demo from your instructor. After, you can expect to work either on a team or individually to prepare the class menu. As a group, your class will prepare the selected menu in its entirety. In most classes, not every student will make every dish.

Learning happens throughout the class, and your instructor will often call out key techniques as they happen in each recipe.

Most classes conclude by sitting down as a group to eat what you’ve prepared, followed by a discussion of each recipe. You will leave with a copy of the recipe packet and a working knowledge of every dish that was made so you can recreate them at home.

When should I arrive for my class?

Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

You do not need to bring anything with you to class, unless otherwise noted in the class description. The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped and aprons, recipes, equipment, food and wine are all provided for you. 

Do I need to eat before class?

In most classes, you will be sitting down to eat a complete meal that you have prepared along with your classmates. Since this typically occurs towards the end of the class period, an appetizer or small plate is usually prepared early on in class. However, you’re welcome to additionally have a snack before you arrive or bring one with you.

Please note, for our Baking & Pastry classes, a light meal will be provided for you.

What should I wear to class?

We suggest wearing casual clothing you can easily move around in, and highly recommend wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back.

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Cancellation Policy

Requests for refund: Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%.
Requests for credit: Cancellations after two weeks but up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. Refunds are not offered at this point.
Requests to reschedule: If you would like to reschedule a class date, simply submit a request to cancel in your account and write us a short note. After we make the change we will contact you with more details. Requests to reschedule are not permitted for classes that fall within the No Refund/No Credit timeframe. 
No Refund/No Credit: No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date (the class date and any weekend days are included in the 5 days count). You can always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend.Please note: Cancellation requests made the day of class are not eligible for a refund or credit, no exceptions. 
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