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I am a complete novice in the kitchen. Is Nourish right for me?
Absolutely! I designed this course based on the one-to-one cooking lessons I taught to novice cooks. Nourish starts with the basics, and builds up in skill level over the 6 lessons.

We cannot guarantee you’ll cook like a professional chef by the end the course, but you will be transformed into a much more confident cook, and possess the skills to enjoy a lifetime of fun and healthy cooking in the kitchen.

Click here to read testimonials from our happy Nourish alumni!

I’ve been cooking for a long time. Is Nourish right for me?
If you’re already a proficient cook who doesn’t rely on recipes, and feels comfortable using a knife, then Nourish is probably not right for you.

However, if you’re someone who aspires to think more like a chef, then Nourish will teach you the skills to get there.

We focus much more on skill development versus recipe-following to help you confidently navigate the kitchen through knowledge and intuition.

I’m already a member of Cook Smarts’ meal plan service. Will I learn anything new in Nourish?
If you’ve been using our meal plan service for some time and watching the videos included with the service, chances are you’re probably fairly comfortable following recipes and prepping a wide variety of ingredients.

The additional knowledge that Nourish provides will help you understand some basic ‘cooking formulas.’ We’ll focus more on the underlying cooking techniques, so that you can go beyond recipes and learn the fundamentals of creating your own dishes from scratch. About 50% of Nourish’s students are also meal plan service members.

I’m a vegetarian. Is Nourish right for me?
Vegetarians can definitely still get a lot out of Nourish, but of course, not all lessons will be relevant (like how to cook chicken breast properly).

However, we will to offer vegetarian substitutes wherever possible.

Even though not all the videos will be as relevant for vegetarian cooks, we will be highlighting vegetable prep and cooking techniques in every meal.

I don’t live in the US. Can I still participate in Nourish?
Yes, we’d love that! We welcome Nourish members from all over the world and have international alumni in Singapore, India, Germany and several other countries.

If you have access to a grocery store that carries basic American / Western ingredients, you should be able to find everything needed for the lessons.

All recipe downloads will also be translated into the metric system.

As for payment, we will be accepting PayPal to make it easier for you to pay from abroad.

What do past students have to say about the course?
Nourish has changed the lives of so many people! READ THESE TESTIMONIALS from our happy former students.


What’s the lesson schedule?
When you sign up, you’ll have immediate access to all Nourish lessons. We’ll send you an email asking when you want to officially “start” the course, meaning we’ll start sending you lesson reminders via email. However, you can access all lessons any time you wish. You can download the Lesson Plan here, but to give you a quick breakdown:

  • Lesson #1: How to Chop Like a Pro + Make Your Own Vinaigrette
  • Lesson #2: How to Get Your Stir-Fry On
  • Lesson #3: How to Prepare Tender Juicy Chicken
  • Lesson #4: How to Create Fluffy Scrambled Eggs + Roast Veggies
  • Lesson #5: How to En Papillote Fish + Saute Veggies
  • Lesson #6: How to Cook Pasta Like an Italian
What does each lesson consist of?
Every lesson consists of a meal, grocery list and steps to complete that meal. These steps incorporate the essential cooking skills necessary to create that meal, which you can then apply to other areas of your cooking.

Each lesson is also paired with a mini extra-credit recipe to help you deepen your practice and lock in your skills. Plus, you’ll discover some fun stuff – like music playlists – to dial up your fun in the kitchen!

We don’t want you to just follow a recipe blindly. Our goal is to take you beyond recipes and actually teach you how to cook.

To do that, each lesson is supplemented with many easy-to-follow videos and downloadable resources that break down the underlying skills you’ll be acquiring when creating your meal.

You can then take these skills and apply them to your own cooking adventures, well beyond Nourish.

Do I have to complete each lesson by a certain time?
Absolutely not. When you enroll in Nourish, you become a lifetime student and can access all of the course content anytime, anywhere, forever. Complete them (or repeat them!) at your own pace and leisure.


What do I need for the course?
You’ll need:

  • a device that has access to the internet (this can be a mobile phone)
  • a kitchen to cook in
  • a grocery store or grocery delivery service to purchase ingredients for your meals. Ingredients are listed on page 8 in this PDF.
  • some basic cooking tools, listed here

We also recommend getting a 1” / 2.5cm binder with some plastic sheet protectors if you want to print out the recipes and resources.

What is the average cost of groceries per meal?
Each lesson has a grocery list for 2 servings of each meal, and we do invite you to go through each lesson with a friend! Cooking is much more fun with others.

Depending on how well-stocked your pantry already is and also where you’re located, the cost of groceries per week can range from $15 to $35 (still less than a meal out for two!).

We have designed Nourish to help you start building a functional pantry of items that you will continue to use in the future.

We make it a priority not to use any hard-to-find ingredients in our recipes. You should be able to find everything at any basic grocery store. The list of ingredients can be found
on page 8 of this PDF file.

How long will each lesson take and when should I complete them?
We recommend you allocate about an hour, to an hour and a half for each lesson. This should give you plenty of time to read through the recipe, watch the videos, and then prep and cook the meal.

If you enjoy cooking and learning socially, we highly recommend partnering up with a friend for the lessons and making it a fun activity.

Since we release new lessons on Fridays, you can get groceries any time over the weekend before so you’re ready in plenty of time!

What if I don’t have any kitchen tools?
You definitely will need some basic cooking tools to complete Nourish. The list is here and we’ve made sure that these are all tools that will help you build a functional kitchen. You could well own some of these items already.

Another idea is to ask a friend or family member with a well-equipped kitchen if you can take the lessons at their place. You can express your thanks by purchasing the groceries and providing them with a delicious, home cooked meal!


How much does Nourish cost?
You can purchase lifetime access to Nourish for a one-time investment of $299, or 4 monthly payments of $89.

Nourish costs much less than most group cooking lessons, where you might only get to participate in one small component of the meal. With Nourish, you’ll build a foundation of practical cooking skills that will serve you for a lifetime.

If the investment in Nourish is not within your current budget, we encourage you to save up to enroll in the future. Enrollment is always open!

Can I purchase Nourish as a gift?
Absolutely. Nourish makes the perfect gift for someone special who wants to become more confident in the kitchen and learn how to cook without recipes. It also makes a great wedding or graduation gift. PURCHASE A GIFT HERE. Gift recipients can redeem the gift at any time and we will notify them when they can access their lessons.
Can I get a refund if I decide that Nourish not right for me?
We know from our many happy students that learning how to cook with Nourish will completely transform your life.

Our Promise:
If for any reason you’re not happy, or you decide Nourish is not for you, we’ll refund your course enrollment fee within 14 days from the day of purchase. No questions asked.

Can I get a refund if I just don’t have the time to complete the lessons?
Unfortunately, we can’t offer refunds for this reason. Once you sign up for Nourish, you’ll have lifetime access to the course content, which will give you plenty of time to complete the lessons!

We encourage you to only sign up for Nourish if you are ready to make a positive change in your life.

Do you offer corporate pricing?
Yes, we do! If your company is interested in boosting staff morale and reducing healthcare costs by purchasing Nourish for its employees, please email hello [at] cooksmarts [dot] com for more information.


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