A Few Trips to Consider
Los Dos Cooking School, Merida, Mexico
Try a three-day, four-night Yucatán cooking workshop. Small groups are led by an Oklahoma-born chef (turned Mexican-cuisine connoisseur) David Sterling, who teaches at his colonial mansion in downtown Merida. He'll immerse you in the peninsula's culinary culture with trips to the market and lessons in preparing indigenous treats such as salbut (crispy tortilla topped with ingredients such as smoked pork), carne asada and the chilled almond-and-rice drink, horchata. The price: $1,725 per person, double, with a minimum of two, excluding airfare.
John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, N.C.
You can take a weeklong cheese-making class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Appalachian North Carolina, learning to make Mexican queso blanco, Italian mascarpone, mozzarella and other creamy concoctions. That's $1,142 for six nights with family-style meals and a shared bath. Also at the folk school: A weekend class — wheat-free cooking, for example — costs $534 per person, double.
International Kitchen, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Enjoy Italy's Amalfi Coast on one of International Kitchen's best-selling trips: "The Mediterranean Cooking Experience." It's six nights in a boutique hotel on a hillside facing the sea, where travelers learn to cook classic regional dishes such as Sorrento-style gnocchi, stuffed calamari and Neapolitan pizza — often while listening to opera and sipping Prosecco. That's along with excursions to places such as Pompeii, the island of Capri and a farm where the family has been making mozzarella by hand for 60 years. The price: $3,500 per person, double, May-September, excluding airfare; $2,950 during low season.
Christina Ianzito writes about travel, food and other lifestyle topics for AARP Media.
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