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 current cooking classes is 2 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback.

When should I arrive for my class?

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we can not have students congregate in the building before class starts. Doors will open 5 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school, safely distanced (sidewalks are clearly marked) and will be let in the school just before class begins.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. You will be given a new, disposable mask to wear in class to ensure what you have on hasn’t been contaminated prior to entering SFCS. We will have extras available should you need one while at school.

Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.

 

Do I need to eat before class?

Due to COVID-19 regulations, we will not be serving food or drinks during class, We will, however, be sending you home with both ingredients and finished food items so you can enjoy them later, and practice as well.

What should I wear to class?

Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks, provided by SFCS, are required while in the building.

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Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date, however, you may 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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