Our Mission

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Have you ever exclaimed “I just don’t have time to cook?” Are you one of the many people who never learned to cook because your mother (or father) didn’t cook? Is buying prepared food or eating out no longer a viable alternative for you? You’re not alone.

Our mission at Venice Cooking School is to teach you how to make dinner and how to enjoy doing it. Our three unique cooking class series – LEARN TO COOK, RECIPES FOR HEALTH, and MEDITERRANEAN CUISINES – will empower you to put delicious food on the table every day. You’ll learn the simple techniques, cooking methods and foods that we love, and build a repertoire of dishes that you’ll be proud to make for your family and friends.

Venice Cooking School is the creation of two prolific, award-winning cookbook authors and cooking teachers, Clifford A. Wright and Martha Rose Shulman. Between them they have published close to fifty cookbooks, and they have taught cooking classes to sold-out crowds all over the United States. Shulman and Wright are emphatically home cooks with years of experience. They test their recipes in their own kitchens and are themselves parents feeding children of different ages. You will learn to cook or cook better in small hands-on classes, in the intimate setting of our own home kitchens.

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Who We Are

Biographies of the Chefs
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Martha Rose Shulman is the author of more than twenty-five cookbooks, including THE VEGETARIAN FEAST, winner of a 1979 Tastemaker Award of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP); ENTERTAINING LIGHT, winner of a 1991 IACP Cookbook Award; and PROVENÇAL LIGHT, winner of the IACP 1994 Bertolli Olive Oil Award. Martha’s other cookbooks, such as MEDITERRANEAN LIGHT and MEDITERRANEAN HARVEST: VEGETARIAN RECIPES FROM THE WORLD’S HEALTHIEST CUISINE, are perennial cookbook award nominees. Martha writes a popular daily Recipes for Health column on nytimes.com, and her articles have appeared in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Saveur, the Los Angeles Times, and Health Magazine. She has taught cooking classes around the country and has been featured on GOOD MORNING AMERICA and the FOOD NETWORK. In addition to her own titles, Martha Rose Shulman has co-authored cookbooks by Wolfgang Puck, Dean Ornish, MD, Mark Peel, and award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard. Learn more about Martha at martha-rose-shulman.com.

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Clifford A. Wright won the James Beard/KitchenAid Cookbook of the Year award and the James Beard Award for the Best Writing on Food in 2000 for A MEDITERRANEAN FEAST, which was also a finalist for the IACP Cookbook of the Year award. He is the author of twelve other cookbooks, and wrote all the food entries for Columbia University’s ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST. Colman Andrews, former editor of Saveur magazine, called Wright “the reigning English-speaking expert on the cuisines and culinary culture of the Mediterranean.” Wright has appeared on the FOOD NETWORK and has taught cooking classes around the United States and in Italy. He has lectured on food and history at the Culinary Institute of America, Harvard, Georgetown and other universities. His articles have appeared in Saveur, Gourmet, Fine Cooking, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit. Wright is on the Advisory Board of the journal Alimentum: The Literature of Food and is a Charter Contributor to ZesterDaily.Com. Learn more about Clifford at www.cliffordawright.com and his blog cuisines-mediterranean.blogspot.com.

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Our Classes & How to Register Registration & Class Information SPACE IS LIMITED! CHOOSE YOUR CLASSES AND SIGN UP NOW!
  • Unless otherwise noted, class participants must be 18 or older.
  • Most classes include wine pairings. Please limit your consumption to items served in class.
  • Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis through PayPal at this site only. All classes begin promptly.
  • Cancellations must be made 7 days in advance. Fees are refunded upon receiving written notice by e-mail only 7 days before a class. There are no refunds after that point.
  • Menus are subject to change without notice.
  • Classes run about 3 hours.
  • Once we receive payment you will be given directions by e-mail to the home of Clifford Wright in the Santa Monica area or Martha Rose Shulman in the Carthay area (Crescent Heights/Fairfax).

Private Dinner Party Lessons and Pop-Up Cooking Classes

Private dinner party lessons and pop-up cooking lessons are available for the booking of all 8 seats at our table or 6 to 8 seats at yours. Working with Chefs Wright and Shulman you’ll create a cooking lesson and dinner party tailored to your likes and loves with guests of your choosing. It’s a perfect way to celebrate with friends and family. Learn recipes for health, how to cook, or specialties from Mediterranean cuisine. For booking and more information write us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Payment Policy

Register for classes using PayPal by clicking on the Add to Cart buttons. PayPal allows you to use any major credit card for your transactions. You do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal. Please note that PayPal takes 24-48 hours to process into our system. Therefore, if you sign up using PayPal within 48 hours of a class, make sure to e-mail us so we can save a spot for you. Remember, class size is limited. Also, please e-mail us if you experience any problems using PayPal or other features of this website. A minimum of 4 students is required for a class to be held. If a session is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. When checking out at PayPal please provide both your e-mail address and phone number so we can reach you if a problem arises. SIGN UP TODAY!

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Classes forSpring2012
Private Pop-up Cooking Lesson Party with Clifford A. Wright and Martha Rose Shulman Series: Dinner Party Evenings, 1 session, $ask us Date: April 22, 2012, Sunday; Time: 12:00 AM



The Venice Cooking School no longer offers   classes.  We are available as a private pop-up cooking lesson/dinner party in your home for the booking of 6 to 8 people with your own designed   menu.  Please contact us at our email address for more information.


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Our Cookbooks
Our Store

Come visit the Venice Cooking School store were you can find fun things for cooks in the kitchen.

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You will be mailed the address of the class after we receive payment.