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The Cook Smarts founder & teacher shares how you can learn to Nourish your health, creativity and loved ones in just 6 weeks.


Gain more CONFIDENCE in the KITCHEN & cook without recipes

Learn to Nourish your health, creativity and loved ones in just 6 weeks. Discover a lifetime of good health & delicious homemade meals.



Learn essential knife skills

Create restaurant-worthy meals

Improve your health, without losing flavor

Organize your kitchen like a pro

Make pasta like the Italians

Cook juicy fish & tender meat every time

Stir-fry like your favorite Chinese restaurant

Make your own salad dressings

Enjoy unlimited
lifetime access

Master essential cooking skills at your
own pace, in the comfort of your home.

Access lessons on any device

Learn at your own pace with lifetime access

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• Founder of Cook Smarts

• Mom of 2

• Finalist: The Next Food Network Star

Hello! I’m Jess Dang.

I will be your guide on this exciting cooking journey!

I believe that learning to cook is the absolute best thing you can do to improve the health of you and your loved ones. For many reasons, most of us have never learned how to cook, which not only affects our long term health, but also means missing out on all the incredibly delicious food in the world!

In 2011, I quit my corporate job with a mission to help people transform their lives in the kitchen and live healthier. In 2012, I started Cook Smarts, giving cooking lessons to people from all walks of life and all levels of cooking ability. With this wonderful experience under my belt, I took everything I learned about the challenges that home cooks face, and created the online course that became Nourish.

Today, I am extremely proud that Nourish has changed the lives of so many people for the better, and I’d love for it to do the same for you.



Thomas has found a new
relationship with the kitchen

I’m more confident and know how to better direct my improvements to my food but also just how to improve as a chef in general. The knife skills and the kitchen efficiency lesson alone have completely changed my relationship with the kitchen.

Julia feels at ease in the kitchen, at last

After taking part in the Nourish program, I finally feel truly at ease in the kitchen. I rarely ever worry about what to cook for any given meal anymore, which is an amazing feeling!

Jennifer’s chef knife is no longer a mystery

I love my new chef knife now that my knife skills are sharpened! I can do this anytime at home, no cooking school to attend!

Richard is breaking out of his cooking routine

Excellent resources, laid out and planned with simple steps to follow, along with bite-sized videos …. Nourish has given me the confidence I needed to just try different things, instead of being stuck in a routine of always eating the same, sometimes unhealthy meals.

Kelly is finally able to tailor recipes to her taste

I’m more comfortable in the kitchen and more confident in changing a recipe to fit my tastes or even creating my own recipes.

Nicole loved how practical each lesson was

It was very instructional, without over-complication. From knife skills to the many uses of a vinaigrette or roasting veggies, there wasn’t anything I didn’t find useful!

Joy is making meals she never thought she could

I actually have the skills to cook something edible, which has never happened before. Nourish taught me skills and techniques to cook healthy meals for the first time (I’m 45 years old!)!

Join our many happy students and


by learning how to cook.


We promise, it will be the best investment you ever make

How it works


Nourish is completely self-paced, so you can learn on your own schedule

When you sign up, you’ll get immediate access to our 3 bonus lessons, 6 main lessons, and 6 extra credit practice lessons

All materials are posted online to access anytime, anywhere

Each lesson is made up of easy-to-follow videos, delicious recipes, and beautiful downloadable resources. Why not print everything out and keep it organized in a binder!?

After the course is finished, you can come back to the lessons and resources at any point, with lifetime access


Bonus Materials

Enjoy all of this and become a better cook!

Bonus lessons

We kick off Nourish with 3 foundational lessons that we continue to build on throughout the course.

Extra credit

Each lesson comes with an additional recipe to strengthen your newly acquired cooking skills.

Songs playlist

Cooking is so much more fun when accompanied by music. Each lesson has a recommended playlist for you to get your groove on in the kitchen!

Office Hours

You’ll have access to all of our previous office hours videos for extra community learning!




​Make family mealtimes more enjoyable with delicious homecooked meals they’ll love


Learn how to make healthy meals that will Nourish you and your loved ones


Unleash your creative side, learn kitchen skills that will set you free and have WAY more fun in the kitchen!


We know from our many happy students that learning how to cook with Nourish will completely transform your life.


If for any reason you decide Nourish is not for you, we’ve included a 14 day, money-back guarantee. No questions asked​.

Invest in a lifetime of


& delicious homemade meals


gain the most valuable life skill for just $299 or 4 monthly payments of $89



Treat someone special to this fun and creative cooking course, and transform their life in the kitchen.



Jess answers your most common questions


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 for testimonials from Nourish alumni.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nourish has changed the lives of so many people! READ THESE TESTIMONIALS from our happy former students.


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 or it’s also below.

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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!

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!


Be part of Nourish with 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!

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.

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’ve included a 14 day, money-back guarantee from the day of purchase.

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.

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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