Class schedule

French Kitchen Cookbook.jpgMy latest recipe book The French Kitchen Cookbook is a collection of my favorite recipes and lessons from my cooking classes in Paris and Provence. Beautifully photographed by Jeff Kauck, this book takes you from appetizers right through to desserts with recipes inspired by the bounty of the Provençal countryside and the elegance of Parisian life. Within these recipes I impart the tips and rules I have learned over the years, that will help anyone become a better cook. But more than anything this book is about a way of life and a lifestyle of food and entertaining. It is all about the joys of combining good food, good wine, and friends altogether around the table—an experience we can enjoy day in and day out, any time. 

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With pleasure and anticipation I announce our cooking class dates for 2016. The season will begin, as ever, with our spectacular Truffle Extravaganza in January, when every meal includes the elusive "black diamond," with participatory cooking classes,  a truffle hunt and a visit to the truffle atelier, plenty of white Chateauneuf du Pape wine, along with restaurant and vineyard visits.

In April, our popular week-long Cooking in Paris will include plenty of seasonal hands-on cooking classes, a market visit, cheese, wine, and oil tastings, as well as a spectacular Michelin three-star meal. From June to September, we continue our week-long classes of  Cooking in Provence, gathering  heirloom tomatoes and other vegetables, herbs, fruits, and capers from the garden, sipping wine from the vineyard,  enjoying our fall harvest of olive oil and olives, as well as our Chanteduc honey,  visiting the spectacular market in Vaison-la-Romaine, meeting with winemakers and cheese merchants, and enjoying the cuisine of our local chefs.  Beyond the classes listed below we are always happy to accommodate  independent groups of 6 in Paris and 8 in Provence. Please contact us to arrange dates:

Rendez-Vous at Café Varenne

The other day Walter and I were having lunch at our Paris neighborhood hangout, Café Varenne, and just as we were finishing a superb dish of ultra-tender and meaty tendrons de veau (breast of veal)  tossed with fresh pasta, carrots, and slivers of Parmesan cheese (perfect for a cold, rainy day in May!)  two women addressed us: “You’re Patricia Wells, and we are here because of The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris.” Indeed, the mother and daughter duo from Boston had just been to the Rodin museum, and as the guide and iPhone app suggest, this is a great address nearby. Owners Sylvain and Agnès Didier are gracious hosts and the food just gets better and better. Enjoy a sip of their white Quincy from the Loire and the fine, crusty baguettes from Boulangerie Secco right across the street.

36, rue de Varenne, Paris 7, Tel: +33 1 45 48 62 72, Métro: Rue du Bac or Sèvres-Babylone, à la carte 30€.

Open Monday through Friday 7:30AM to 10:30PM, Saturday 9AM to 8PM. Closed Sunday, holidays, and 2 weeks in August.