I do cooking classes, conference talks, and cooking demonstrations nationwide, from Washington DC to Portland Oregon and from Sacramento California to Hilton Head Island South Carolina. If you can't make a class in person, sign up for an online challenge or check out my cooking videos.

Linda Watson teaches cooking at the Mother Earth News Fair

For more information, see the pages on the Wildly Good Cook series of cooking classes, other classes, and talks. If you'd like me to speak to your group or company, please fill out an event request

Calendar: cooking classes and healthy eating events

Wildly Good Spring Challenge, April 16 through May 11, online.

Celebrate spring and enjoy the fun of cooking fabulous food. By Mothers' Day, you'll be racking up the savings! Become an even better cook with fun new skills that help you make amazing food, get healthier, and be safer and more secure. We'll even have a session on feeding your freezer that will help you get the best rate of return from that under-used appliance. $99 including a book and four DVDs. Register online.

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Hendersonville Community Co-op Celebration May 16th and 17th in Hendersonville NC

One of my favorites co-ops now has a new building and a new community kitchen! They've asked me to help them celebrate by teaching three classes. All classes will be at their new building at 60 South Charleston Lane, Hendersonville. Each class will be $15 for members or $20 for the public. To register, contact Gretchen at   outreach@hendersonville.coop or (828) 693-8557 828.693.8557  ext 1002. 

1) Plant-Powered Basics, Saturday May 16th from 10:30 am to noon

Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or an omnivore who wants to enjoy eating healthy fruits and vegetables, this class is for you. Learn delicious, thrifty ways to eat more plants. You'll learn to make seven core recipes: dried beans, whole grains such as rice and quinoa, greens including kale and collards, tomato sauce for pasta and pizza, roasted root vegetables, salad dressing, and a delicious baking mix for biscuits and stove-top fruit desserts. Along the way, you'll learn about how to get the protein, calcium, and other nutrients to increase your energy and strength now and to increase your chances of long-term health. Take home recipes, tips, and the confidence to cook your own meals from scratch using pure ingredients.

2) Solar Cooking Wherever You Go, Saturday May 16th from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Use the sun's energy to cook delicious, organic meals at home, on picnics, or while traveling. Get started with a homemade solar oven made from little more than cardboard and foil. Get faster results with less sunlight using the latest in portable solar cookers. See how to cook delectable stews, roast vegetables, steam grains, bake fruit cobblers, and more. You'll save money, shrink your carbon footprint, and always be just a sunbeam away from a fabulous meal, even in the winter! All recipes are plant-based and can also be cooked in an oven or on a stove.  

3) The Wildly Affordable Mindful Kitchen, Sunday May 17 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Get more out of your cooking time and food budget by practicing mindfulness techniques while you cook. In this fun, hands-on class, use all five senses to appreciate pure ingredients. You'll learn to create delicious, organic, plant-based meals while calming and focusing your mind. Take home recipes and tips that will help you cook efficiently, reduce waste, and celebrate the flow of the seasons. Featured recipes: Spicy Udon Noodles with Spring Vegetables, Curried Red Lentils with Potatoes, and Strawberry Balsamic Sorbet.

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Solar Cooking Wherever You Go, Monday May 17th from 10:30 to noon. 60 Gibson St, Columbus, NC.

Use the sun's energy to cook delicious, organic meals at home, on picnics, or while traveling. Get started with a homemade solar oven made from little more than cardboard and foil. Get faster results with less sunlight using the latest in portable solar cookers. See how to cook delectable stews, roast vegetables, steam grains, bake fruit cobblers, and more. You'll save money, shrink your carbon footprint, and always be just a sunbeam away from a fabulous meal, even in the winter! All recipes are plant-based and can also be cooked in an oven or on a stove.  To register, contact Jimmi Buell at jimmi_buell@ncsu.edu or  (828) 894-8218.

Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking for Health and Pleasure, September 14th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm

North Carolina State University, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh North Carolina

Learn how easy, plant-powered meals can help you get healthy and enjoy life more. See how cutting the meat can trim your budget too. Find out how to get enough protein and which nutrients to watch. Discover new ingredients that help convert some favorite recipes. Even omnivores will enjoy learning how to reduce fat, eat more produce, and welcome vegetarians and vegans to their tables. Registration opens in mid-summer.