Join us for an easy, accessible and enjoyable introduction to wholefoods and macrobiotic cooking. This course will provide you with the training and knowledge to launch your life in a more healthy direction.

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The Wholefoods Primer

Join us for an easy, enjoyable and accessible introduction to wholefood and macrobiotic cooking. The course accommodates vegan, vegetarian and macrobiotic styles of cooking.

For those wanting to transform their health and ensure their well-being, this course will provide you with the basic training and knowledge to launch your life in a new and more healthy direction.

What you will learn in this wholefoods primer?

  • How to cook cereal grains and pulses, bringing out natural tastes and nutritive qualities.
  • How to perform simple cutting and cooking techniques for different occasions.
  • How to meet protein, mineral and vitamin requirements with a plant-based diet.
  • How to include certain animal products such as fish and dairy when needed.
  • How to modify and adapt cooking for gluten-free, dairy-free, or sugar-free diet.
  • How to save time and minimise waste in cooking.
  • How to source foods, where to buy, where to find reliable shops and online shops.

It has become clear to us, as the original pioneers of wholefood and macrobiotic cooking in the UK dating back to 1976, that making a wholesale dietary change to a seasonally-balanced natural foods regime will help to establish biological integrity and dramatically reduce instances of ill health and strengthen immune capabilities over time.

The course will make a clear distinction between foods for regular use (principle foods), foods for supplemental use (seasonal and secondary foods), and foods for irregular and occasional use (outer spectrum foods) such that you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of food choices and preparation styles.

You will learn how to appropriately select the food you eat and how to approach wholefood cooking beyond all beliefs, ideology and convictions. It is an approach which won’t trap you in some restrictive dietary programme, but opens up a world of possibility and freedom in your relationship with food.

What does the wholefoods primer involve?

The course begins on Friday evening with an overview of the world of wholefoods and the opportunity for each student to share what they would like to get out of the course, followed by a hearty meal prepared by our cooks.

On Saturday and Sunday mornings, students will be presented with a demonstration cooking class, with a step by step explanation for each step and the reason for each ingredient and method.

After a light tasting lunch of this meal, students will work together in small groups to cook the meal which was demonstrated, with the help of recipe sheets and of course our expert guidance!

At the end of the afternoon, students will eat and enjoy this meal together. The day will complete with an opportunity to review the class, ingredients and cooking methods, as well as asking any questions. There is invariably a hearty discussion of health and wholefoods that takes place, and our teachers will divulge wisdom from their many years of cooking.

Recipe sheets will be provided for students to take away and practice at home.

The Wholefoods Primer is facilitated by Francoise Auvray and Jean Torne. Click here to visit our facilitators page.

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The Wholefoods Primer programme details

To make an enquiry or book your place, please call the office on 020 7607 1140.

Location: Concord Institute, London

Price: £195
(deposit £75, non-refundable and non-transferrable)

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