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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Study Food and Culture with Maria Hodkins

(August 28, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Eco‐Cooking, as Maria Hodkins defines it, is cooking with an understanding and appreciation of the“ecology” of food—not only the aesthetics, but the biological, historical, philosophical, and cultural aspects of what we’re eating.
Fresh herbs boost flavor and nutrition in cooking—but how, exactly, do you use all those spicy and aromatic green leaves?
Join cooking and journaling instructor Maria Hodkins for a celebration of culinary herbs by creating a meal that not only reflects the taste of local, in-season and fresh, but the beauty and history of the ingredients as well. From seed to table, we will trace the herbs from botanical, cultural, historical, and nutritional perspectives, create individual “Herb Portraits”, prepare a meal, and feast on its ecological pleasures. See, sketch, chop, and taste your way into deeper reflection and appreciation of seasonal gifts from the land. Chef Maria Hodkins will teach how to concoct pestos, pistou, vinaigrettes, herb blends, herb butters, and class will learn about herb basics in cooking. Class will include lunch cooked by the participants.


Food and culture is a lifelong study of Maria Hodkins’s. As an artist, illustrator, and illuminated journaling instructor, she also incorporates art and writing into some of her cooking workshops. She teaches not only the love of food and cooking, but also its fascinating roots and development by exploring the historical‐cultural evolution of foods. With an emphasis on eating locally‐grown, taste‐filled, seasonally available organic foods and supporting sustainable agriculture, she promotes a return to healthful eating and cooking. Maria is an excellent, engaging, and knowledgeable cooking instructor. She is currently co‐directing a cooking school at Fresh & Wyld Farmhouse Inn in Paonia, CO and is one of the main instructors for their S.O.U.L. (Sustainable, Organic, Unprocessed, Local) Cooking Classes.
As an artist, illustrator, and illuminated journaling instructor, she also incorporates art and writing into some of her cooking workshops. Please, see her website here.

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