Cook the Book: Season with Nik Sharma

$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 this class, you will learn…

  • How to toast, grind, and combine spices into unique blends
  • Techniques to fry with mimimal mess and maximum flavor
  • How to bake a tender upside down cake topped with gorgeous seasonal fruit

About This Class

If you follow Nik Sharma via his blog, A Brown Table, or his column in the San Francisco Chronicle, you know he’s a master of flavors. His debut cookbook will introduce you to an entirely new way to season your food. To quote Nik ‘consider it a guide to bringing new flavors from different culinary traditions into your own kitchen.’

Nik will be here to walk you through this menu step-by-step. A masterful home cook, Nik has all kinds of back-pocket tricks for helping you create dishes that taste amazing. This menu is full of punches of bold flavors as he turns some classic dishes into innovative new dishes (Curry Leaf Popcorn Chicken, anyone?). Don’t miss the opportunity to cook alongside Nik and explore a new way of looking at spices and flavor.


Chipotle Garam Masala Olives, Curry Leaf Popcorn Chicken, Rainbow Root Raita, Roasted Cauliflower, Paneer, & Mixed Lentil Salad, Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Seeds, Black Mustard, & Coconut Oil, and Upside Down Orange & Fennel Cornmeal Cake




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


Covid Policy

All students must show proof of vaccine before entering school and will be required to wear a mask unless eating/drinking.

We understand and respect that lifestyle decisions during Covid are an individual choice. If you test positive for Covid while the class is in session, you will be asked to send a friend in your place until you have a negative test. Classes will not be rescheduled, credited or cancelled. Once the class session starts the class is non-refundable. This was our policy pre-Covid and continues to be our policy today. We hope you find this policy acceptable and understand that this policy is required for a small school like SFCS to operate and open our kitchens for great food experiences.

What is the format of a typical cooking class?

The average duration of our current cooking classes is 4 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. Most of the time you’ll be working with a partner or small group on a few different recipes.

When should I arrive for my class?

Doors will open 10 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 to have their vaccine cards checked the first week of class (these will only need to be checked once).

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. New, disposable masks are available should you need to replace yours while in class.

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?

You will sit down with your classmates to eat what you’ve all prepared, along with some wine. We do suggest you have a small snack before class as dinner does happen towards the end of each session.

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 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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