Learn to cook without recipes classes

Do you …

… want to see other people’s recipes merely as an inspiration?
… want to understand what you are doing while stirring in your pots and pans?
… want to learn to cook from scratch?
… really, really, really want to learn to cook?

Then you want to learn to cook without recipes!


Every Monday evening, chef Edie hosts new and unique Learn to cook without recipes classes. They are centered around 1 theme, instead of following a recipe together.

chef Edie Dourleijn, owner creative cook co, seasoned chef, cooking teacher and cooking coach - teaches you how to cook without recipes

What can you expect?

Each class, we will focus on one of the following subjects:

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Get to know the main cooking techniques and concepts. It will help you understand what you are doing, and why.

* Knife skills
* Techniques like Boil, Sauté, Roast.
* Concepts like roux, making stock, pan sauce, roast a whole chicken

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Every dish can be described in 1 sentence. That’s your base, everything else you can play with. Here’s an example how we do that.

From the menu:
* Dutch stamppot
* Pureed soups
* Vinaigrette & dressings
* Braised chicken

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Learn what you can do with your ingredients, one at the time. What techniques can you use and how does that affect the taste?

On our list are:
* Veggies like Carrots, Fennel, Leeks
* Condiments like miso and mustard
* Fun skills, like making pasta by hand

Check the calendar below what’s upcoming. If you miss(ed) a class, get in touch using the form below.

Learn to cook without recipes classes calendar

datenameclass infosign up
Jan 9Boil, blanch and poachCooking technique class: learn all about cooking your ingredients in liquid.
Jan 16Vinaigrette & dressingLearn the concept, and get creative and make your own dressings!
Jan 23Handmade pastaNot a life saving skill, but definitely fun to do. Let’s play with dough.
Jan 30CarrotsLet’s put carrots in the spotlight they deserve and learn all about how to cook and season them. Explore the influence both taste & technique have on this humble ingredient! 🥕
Feb 6Knife skills🔪 An essential skill for all home cooks, from beginners to experienced. sign up
Feb 13Braised chickenWe often hear people being bored by their regular chicken recipes, so if this is you, check this class out!sign up
Feb 14Say it with flowers❤️ Valentine’s Day class: Learn to cook 3 dishes using flowers (or the color of love) together with your loved one(s). sign up
Feb 27Sauté & FryCooking technique class: learn all about cooking your ingredients in a skillet: Sauté & Frysign up
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* Please sign up Mondays 9am PT at the latest, so we can send you the grocery list timely.

* 1 link per signup/screen (but yes, you can gather with more people in one kitchen)
* When signing up, we assume you’ve read our terms and conditions

What students say

Learn to cook without recipes classes

What are these classes about?

Every class will be a 1 subject class.

Instead of following a recipe (everyone else is already doing that!), we will focus on 1 theme. Each class a new one.

This way we can dive deep and help you understand what the technique, the method, the dish or the ingredient is all about.

All the classes are live, interactive, hands-on, and virtual so you learn to cook without recipes in your own kitchen with your own tools.

For who are these classes?

Everyone who wants to become a better cook can join.

It helps if you have some cooking experience, but we strive to make the classes open for curious beginners too.

You can sign up for 1 class only, or get a monthly subscription and join us every Monday evening (coming soon).

How does it make you a better cook:

👩‍🍳 After each class you really understand the subject to a level no one has ever it explained to you.

👩‍🍳 You will understand cooking techniques, connect the dots between various cooking concepts, and learn how you easily can substitute ingredients.

👩‍🍳 In the class you will learn to improvise while in the safe hands of chef Edie, who once was a struggling home cook herself.

👩‍🍳 You will also learn and get inspiration from your fellow students, and what ingredients they are using during class.

👩‍🍳 The classes are live, so you can ask chef Edie all the questions you have.

👩‍🍳 You can watch back each class for 6 days and will receive an in-depth e-cookbook about the subject for future reference.

👩‍🍳 In short, you’ll become free of other people’s recipes!

More questions and answers

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Other questions?

Want to get notified on new classes? Want classes back on the calendar? Want to do these as a private class?
Do you have other questions or suggestions?

Email us at info@creativecookco.com or fill out this form!

Your own private cooking class?

Do you want to cook with chef Edie privately? That’s possible too. Send her an email (info@creativecookco.com) and let her know what you’d like to learn. We will plan a date and cook what you want to learn. You can pick one of the cooking classes we have done before, but it’ll probably more fun if you tell us what you’d like to learn. From one-on-one classes to virtual team building events with larger groups, all is possible.

Past classes

You can’t sign up for them anymore, but we keep them on this page as they might inspire you for your private cooking party, or you can request for them to make a come back using the form above.

Each class comes with an extensive Learn to cook without recipes cookbook with all info we’ve shared in the class, and some more. You can get those without attending the class through the links below.

Our past classes & worksheets
* Knife skills class info ~ buy our digital e-cookbook Size does matter
* Cook a whole bird info ~ buy our digital e-cookbook A bird is a bird
* Make your own stock info ~ our digital e-cookbook All about stock and broth
* Dutch food: stamppot ~ buy the digital e-cookbook Mash it, baby!
* Pureed soups ~ buy the e-cookbook Pureed soups
* Boil, blanch and poach ~ buy the e-cookbook Boil, blanch & poach
* Vinaigrettes & dressings ~ buy the e-cookbook Dress it up
* Handmade pasta ~ pre-order the e-cookbook Handmade pasta
* Carrots in the spotlight ~ buy the e-cookbook Carrots