In a few weeks you have a great opportunity to get a basic grounding in the exciting world of freelance food and travel writing. I’m teaching an intensive one-week course at UBC from July 11th to 15th. I’ll cover restaurant reviewing(lunch is on me!), better ways of blogging, and the all-important talent of writing effective query letters that help you break into the field by impressing editors so they will buy your story. Class size is small, so I spend lots of one-on-one time with each student to help you improve your writing. Click on the link above for more info or to register.
Then, from July 18th to 22nd it’s Cooking the Books. During each day of this summer institute I’ll look at different groups of cookbooks that have influenced the way we cook today. Everything from Julia Child to the great British chefs to Canada’s aboriginal cuisine and much more. And every day I’ll cook up some tasty snacks to illustrate my points!
More Cooking Classes: If you are looking for shorter individual classes that are more about specific recipes you can join me in several settings this summer. On July 26th I’ll take you to Tuscany in the lovely new setting of the kitchen at Kilrenny Farm with recipes that show you can live the Italian life right here on Vancouver Island. And on July 27th my popular Pasta 101 course returns to Cook Culture in Victoria. This hands-on course shows you how easy it is to make fresh pasta, cut it, shape it and stuff it with delicious sauces.
Before all of that happens I join forces with Bill Jones at his delightful Deerholme Farm in Glenora for Barbecue with the Masters. Bill and I will break out the full range of our barbecue gear to serve you a feast including something like that porchetta you see in the picture on the right. I’ll roast some oysters and top them with a dynamite combo of pesto and goat cheese and there is much, much more. Hope to see you at any or all of these great events!