I hosted a cooking class with legendary cookbook author Joan Nathan.We gathered around my kitchen island. It felt like an intimate group of girlfriends hanging out, getting cooking tips and enjoying Joan’s stories. Joan Nathan is a compelling storyteller, and the backstory to each recipe is fascinating. Joan has spent decades researching Jewish food history and collecting recipes from Jewish cooks around the world.
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When I travel, I enjoy visiting open air markets and love to check out the produce and spices. What’s available in the market reflects the food culture and traditions of the country. I also like to get a feeling for the people as they go about their daily shopping. When I was in Italy in the summer time, I became intrigued by these fresh borlotti beans. They were so colorful, and I’d never seen fresh beans in their pod before. When I took a cooking class in Italy, the teacher Alessandra was so kind and incorporated the fresh beans into the menu for me.
Taking a cooking class was a highlight of my Tuscan adventure. Cooking in Italy has been on my bucket list for a long time, so I was excited when the scheduled day finally arrived. The class took place at Al Benefizio, the farm where we were staying.
Alessandra, our teacher, walked in so full of energy, warm smiles, and an ease in the kitchen. She is a lawyer by day, but cooking is her passion and it shows. I connected with her knowing that she is a career woman and a mom with a contagious love of cooking.
Hi! I'm Dana, and I'm passionate about food and travel. I'm a foodie first, so every healthy recipe I create has to be delicious. You can find me tinkering in the kitchen or obsessively researching vacations. I have curated all the best things to eat and do at my favorite destinations. Hope you'll join my journey. [Read More]
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