by Sandra Scott, Mexico, NY
I love serving my dinner guests Pad Thai and hearing them ask, “Where did you learn to make Pad Thai?”
I enjoy their surprised looks when I reply, “At the Peninsula Hotel in Bangkok.”
A cooking class is a delicious and personal way to learn about a country and its culture. Thanks to the popularity of TV cooking shows, hotels and restaurants worldwide offer a variety of cooking experiences. The lessons vary from demonstrations to hands-on cooking. A few are free, but most cost between $18 and $200.
On our 3-month trip in Asia, January through March ’08, my husband, John, and I took several cooking lessons. Each was unique, but all were wonderful — and delicious.