Due to shelter-in-place and social distancing orders in effect in Travis County due to the coronavirus pandemic, all in-person classes, lessons, and workshops are postponed until further notice.

Healthy Cooking Classes in Austin, Texas

Create healthy and delicious nutrient-dense meals while having fun!

On-Demand Cooking Classes

Private lessons and on-demand classes are a great way to add variety to your meals, improve knife skills, learn new cooking techniques, and discover healing benefits of natural foods. Scroll to the bottom of the page for suggested classes and menus.

Classes are typically hands-on and held in my home or yours, but can also be interactive, demo-style for larger groups at a rental space. Each participant will receive cooking instruction, generous tastings, and a recipe packet.

If you’d like to schedule a class or need a gift certificate for a private or group class, let me know and I’ll send one out to you! 

Online Cooking Instruction

Click here for more information and an intro video about Chef Rachel Zierzow’s online course Cook Naturally Without A Recipe

Cook alongside me from your very own kitchen! Learn how to declutter your kitchen, how to use a chef’s knife efficiently and effectively, practice fundamental cooking techniques, and make simple meals without a recipe in this video-based course.

Plant-based Cooking Classes in Austin, Texas

All classes are free of gluten, dairy, soy; plant-heavy and nutrient dense!
Classes led by Chef Rachel Zierzow

Kids' Cooking Classes at Cook Love Heal (SW Austin) - gluten free, dairy free

Sat, April 18 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Kids Cook Italian!
On the menu: Risotto Milanese with Roasted Broccolini, Strawberry Panna Cotta! Vegan, Gluten Free, cheese served on the side.

Sat, May 9 @ 2:00 - 4:00 PM – Kids Cook French!
On the menu: Make-Your-Own Pétite Niçoise Salad with Fresh Greens, Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans, Artichokes, Olives, Baby Tomatoes, Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette & French Apple Tart with Almond Flour Crust! Gluten free and plant-based. Tart crust contains eggs.

Reserve your space by either:
Venmo payment to @Rachel-Zierzow ($55 per class) with name, email, and ages of children in comments.

"Why do a cooking class? I already know how to cook!"

Cooking classes make great events for your bachelorette party, book club, or birthday celebration!

Cooking Demos

  • Cooking demonstrations are fun, interactive, and customized for the needs of your group.
  • They take place in your home for a dinner party, or at a business for a wellness seminar or a special event.
  • Demos include lively preparation of a recipe or an entire menu, discussion of healing benefits of ingredients and recipes, and Q&A.
  • Drop me a line so we can set up a day and time that works for both of us to discuss class theme and menu items. 

On-Demand Classes

  • Contact me to put together a class for your group or for an individual.
  • Group classes typically range from 2 to 3 hours in length. 
  • Groups of 3-10 are $75-$99 per person all inclusive. Cost depends on menu and number of recipes. 
  • Larger groups can be accommodated pending appropriate venue.
  • Private classes (one-on-one lessons tailored to your needs) start at $150 + groceries. 
  • Special pricing for multiple class packages are also available.
  • See list of sample classes below for ideas. 

Team Building and Classes for Corporate Groups

Cooking is a great way to connect groups for novel and fun team-building. See my web page Cook ATX for offerings.

Sample Classes

** All classes can be made plant-based, vegan, or with animal protein depending on your preference.
** Don’t see something you have been wanting to learn? Just ask me to put a class together around your favorite cuisine or ingredients you love! 
Knife Skills!  Learn best practices for slicing, dicing, and chopping to make cooking more fun and less like a chore! Knife selection and care, basic cuts, and some more advanced cuts for garnishing will be covered.

Healing soups!  Learn how to make a variety of soups that will keep you healthy year-round. Choose from hearty bean soups, sweet & creamy vegan soups, miso vegetable soups, noodle based soups, bone broths, vegan bone broths, and more!

Mediterranean!  Explore different Mediterranean dishes such as Spanish Paella, Tabbouleh, Dolmas, Hummus, Greek Salads, Niçoise Salad, Italian Pestos, and more! I’ll design a menu around your favorite dishes.

Taste of Southern France!  Learn how to make classic and healthy dishes from Southern France such as Provençal Vegetable Soup with Tomato-Basil Pesto (Soupe Au Pistou), Niçoise Salad, and Chocolate-Almond Truffles.

Sushi dinner party!  Learn how to make perfect sushi rice, prepare fresh fillings, and discover the art of making beautiful norimake, nigiri, and hand rolls.

Make your own Spring Rolls!  Learn how to make colorful, fresh spring rolls with delicious dipping sauces. Perfect for the warm weather!

Tamale workshop!  Learn how to make homemade tamales from scratch, using healthy plant-based ingredients. A variety of doughs, fillings, and salsas give you many options to make these for parties year round.

Thai cooking!  Learn how to make Thai favorites like Tom Kha (Coconut) Soup, Pad Thai, Red Curry, and more!

All About Beans! Learn preparation techniques that will make beans more digestible, delicious, and creamy! Discover the virtues of the pressure cooker as well as slow cook methods. Seasonal recipes are included to make the most of local produce.

Kid, Teen, and Young Adult Classes  Different themed classes are available for kids ages 5 and up as well as teens and young adults. Emphasis on learning knife skills and cooking techniques to make following recipes a breeze and cooking simple meals without a recipe a reality. International cooking such as French, Italian, Japanese (sushi and more!), Thai, and Mexican are all popular classes with my younger friends. Classes can be adapted to a birthday party setting as well as group meetings like Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and book clubs.

Macrobiotic Cooking 101!  Explore the world of macrobiotics, the study of how to live the great life! Simple and delicious plant-based meals are made with seasonal ingredients using a variety of cooking methods, and are balanced to include the 5 tastes, and a variety of colors and textures. Meals are designed to be alkaline-forming, easy to digest, and full of nutrients.  A discussion about how to eat (not just what to eat) to create optimal health and vitality is included.

Ayurvedic Cooking 101!  Learn how to make meals that are easy to digest, have a balance of tastes, textures, and colors, and are seasoned according to the time of year. Learn about adjustments you can make in diet and lifestyle to pacify your body type (Vata, Pitta, or Kapha).


Call or message me to set up a class or event!

Ask me anything...

Send me a message here or feel free to call. I love meeting with people, and I’m always happy to chat!   

(512) 217-1259, rachel@cookloveheal.com

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COVID-19 Precautions:

All in-person classes, lessons, and workshops are postponed until further notice due to shelter-in-place and social distancing orders in effect in Travis County.

To help people adjust to this crisis I am creating a new, affordable subscription service for everyone who is now finding themselves cooking from home more than ever. I hope to offer it for free or pay-what-you-can to people who have lost their jobs in this crisis. We are still working on the details, but hope to have it live in early April.

If you’d like to get a notice when the new subscription service is ready, join my list and I will keep you updated!

I am also continuing to offer online culinary instruction with my online course: Cook Naturally Without A Recipe (see front page or top menu)

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