What began as collaboration between a pair of cooks and a botanic garden has now grown into an area-wide traveling cooking show with dozens of appearances annually.

Our classes are organized seasonally and our recipes are big with flavor and imagination and easy to understand and implement. Classes and demos cover everything from soup to nuts and include gardening tips gleaned from Adrienne’s long history of growing food for the table.  Danielle and Adrienne are keen proponents of buying and eating locally, so what participants cannot grow themselves they surely will find at area farmer’s markets during the season in which the recipe is featured – and, as often as not, at other times of the year too.  Thus we encourage participants to try a particular dish out of season if the fresh ingredients are available.

Recipes on this website are gleaned from our public appearances and have been vetted both in each of our kitchens and before at our classes.  We love feedback and suggestions, so have at it!


Author of the Washington Post’s Backyard Gardener, Adrienne Cook has been writing and speaking in public on gardening and cooking topics for more than 30 years.  She retired the column in 2003 but continues to garden and develop recipes to use up the fruits, vegetables and herbs she grows in Fauquier County VA.


Danielle Cook , MS, runs a nutrition program for young cancer patients, adolescent and young adult cancer survivors, their parents and caregivers at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinic. Her first book, Happily Hungry: Smart Recipes for Kids with Cancer was released in September 2012. Danielle has appeared on CNN with Sanjay Gupta, the France24 news network and the Today Show. She lives in Washington, DC.

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Teresa Manfre

    Hi Adrienne, I told you I would make a visit. Will need time to look over things and see if the husband can agree on anything. Love you. Teresa Manfre

  2. roy skoan

    Hi Danielle & Adrienne: I received the Calendar of events of the United States Botanic Garden for Jan.-Feb. 2016 and your cooking demos are not listed. I am contacting them about this

  3. Urath Gibson

    There was just something special about sitting in the beautiful courtyard of the Botanic Garden with a soft early fall breeze watching and listening to you both talk about and create your Moroccan Vegetable Coucous and Fattoush Salad today. Thank you for sharing the recipes although it is always fun to see cooks that are not armed with measuring cups and spoons and seem to add things until it looks and tastes right. Well done.

  4. Annette Topham

    I’m from Colorado and was visiting DC with a friend last week. We caught your chocolate demonstration last Wednesday ( 12 pm session). It was fun watching and learning from both of you. My family is looking forward to trying the chocolate raspberry torte.

  5. Jean Lahrs

    Did either of you write the following quote? “St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”

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