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Aug 10, 2009 08:41 AM

I want to learn to cook Argentine food in Argentina

I spent last summer in Argentina and am about to return for four months in Buenos Aires and Mendoza (mostly). I would really appreciate any suggestions on places to learn how to cook Argentine food - schools, home chefs, I'm open to anything in English or Spanish. Thanks so much!

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  1. I took an empanada and parilla cooking class from Teresita. She was fantastic and I cannot recommend her enough. The empanada class is a must.

    1. Teresita's one of the best, especially for someone who wants to have a pretty individualized class. We also offer classes at Casa SaltShaker, though when it comes to Argentine cuisine (our specialty is more Mediterranean), she beats us hands-down. ;-)

      1. in case anyone comes upon this post in the future, I went to two in Buenos Aires. I tried Teresita (below), but it was expensive and not as cooking intensive as I would have liked. A good choice if you can't speak Spanish or want an intro to Argentine food, not a serious lesson.
        I also took a class at Escuela de Cocina de Belgrano, which was great - but 100% in Spanish. All the other students were non-professionals who lived in the city. Mostly middle aged women. They have a variety of classes that you can sign up for one at a time or in several-week sessions.

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        1. re: rebeccaas21

          do you think with so-so Spanish the classes would be too difficult? I'd really like to find some serious cooking classes in south America but nothing seems to fit the bill since my Spanish is quite rusty.

          1. re: silverlainy

            If you want to take classes at a regular cooking school, that might be difficult without much Spanish - though, if it's a good hands-on class with a patient instructor, sometimes just doing things tops not being able to understand the explanations. To the best of my knowledge, other than small operations like mine or Teresita's or a few others, there aren't any English-language classes in Argentine cooking here.

        2. I was going to suggest Tersita, too. Can you post again after your experience? I'd like to take her classes myself sometime. Have fun!

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