SHAPE sniffs out the best cooking schools in the most alluring settings around the world
“Immerse yourself into a world of exquisite luxury, bucolic beauty, heady hospitality and a symphony of tastes with Peggy Markel’s adventures. “
“Morocco – the land of camel caravans and steaming tagines; of ‘Here’s looking at you, kid’ and mazelike medinas – has recently shot up in travel popularity, thanks in part to a bevy of fashionable new and redone hotels.”
“Peggy Markel has an amazing repertoire of regional culinary expertise. Peggy lives part time in Colorado, then she travels the rest of the year to her cooking schools in Sicily, Tuscany and Morocco. In addition to her classes, she leads culinary adventures in these regions. Right now, Peggy is planning a sailboat excursion in the Amalfi Coast – can you thing of anything more fabulous?”
Ruth Reichl from Gourmet travelled to Morocco with Peggy back in 2009. Watch the complete episode here.
First aired November 21, 2009 but still live (via reruns.)
“Peggy Markel, entrepreneur, gastronome and world traveler, has designed and directed culinary tours since 1991. Her love of food and travel have developed into a livelihood as a cultural translator; opening doors to experiencing and understanding culinary traditions at their source.”
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO I picked up the old-fashioned (and extremely beautiful) bellows and
crouched down on the pavement to encourage the hot coals in my brazier.
“Peggy Markel is a peripatetic artisan goddess and Slow Food leader who hosts cooking tours to Morocco and Italy. She’s spent years of immersing herself in these intoxicating cultures, refining her tours to offer fun, peace, sensual pleasure and just the right balance of adventure and relaxation. Through it all, you’ll absorb her brilliant and livable food philosophy and learn to cook with local ingredients from master chefs.”
The Spice of Life by Martha McPhee MORE magazine, Februrary 2008 “From Marrakech to the Sahara, follow along on novelist Martha McPhee’s culinary adventure in Morocco as she embraces the beauty of food prepared close to its source”
Quoting Peggy – “Expressing myself has to do with feeding people not just literally as a cook but also by taking into account the whole being,” she says. “I look to nourish as deeply as I can through the experiences I provide and through seeing people for who they are and finding the good.'”
Spoiler alert: this article gives very detailed descriptions about what we do in our Culinary Adventure — if you like surprises, you may not want to read it! On the other hand, if you are ready to dream, read on!
“At dusk on the edge of bustling Marrakech, my Tree Pose wavers among towering date palms and minarets (. . .) Exhaling, I let go of any apprehensions I held about whether a yoga trip would feel comfortable in the midst of a devout Muslim society.
At a time of much cultural misunderstanding between the Muslim world and the West, I went to Morocco hoping to learn more about its culture and cuisine, and to find points of connection. I had traveled years ago in Islamic countries, and my pleasant memories of that time were not jibing with recent portraits painted by the American news media. Taking a trip with yoga as its centerpiece, I hoped, would help me reckon with the disparity.”