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Venice Cooking School opens

September 1, 2009 | 12:00 am

Two of L.A.’s most talented and prolific food writers and teachers, Clifford A. Wright  and Martha Rose Shulman have just opened the Venice Cooking School. The pair will be holding their classes at the newly-built St.Joseph Center on Hampton Drive. 

Both James Beard award-winners, the authors have nearly 50 cookbooks to their credit between them -- including those co-written by Shulman with Wolfgang Puck, Mark Peel and Sherry Yard. The duo, who have long been good friends sharing ideas and advice, bring their collective years of experience teaching classes across the country and on television.   

As in their writings, the focus of most classes will be on simple-to-prepare, healthful Mediterranean-influenced meals, easy enough for entry-level cooks yet sophisticated enough in their flavorings to appeal to worldly food lovers. 

Their aim, they say, is to make our local farmers market bounty accessible and unintimidating while helping cooks build a repertoire for everyday cooking. Both are also parents feeding children of various ages and they’ve tested their recipes in their own kitchens with families in mind.   

They kick off their program in time for the holidays, teaching together “Thanksgiving Without Tears.”  Additional classes built around three series will be: “Learn to Cook”; “Recipes for Health”; and “Mediterranean Cuisines.”

For additional information and class sign-ups, go to www.venicecookingschool.com.

-- Linda Burum