Susan Stiles

“What the Independent Study format has meant for me?”

The Natural Cook training program has made cooking a creative experience for me. I love the process! I started the program in hopes of learning how to make simple, plant-based foods look and taste delicious as well as be healthful for my family and me. With The Natural Cook training program, I’ve found what I was looking for and More!

The program offers written lessons and videos, and weekly online question and answer sessions. I feel personally tutored in my studies and very supported by the instructors. Their enthusiasm for my learning and the depth of their knowledge is a gift!.

The program teaches respect for the food ingredients and for ourselves – to trust our “heart center” – to listen to the cooking of the food and to listen to ourselves.

In my program studies, I’ve tried many new techniques and been thrilled with the results. It’s been so exciting to see how the “experiments” turn out! And when things don’t go as I’d hoped, I share my experience and photos of the results with the instructors to figure out what to do differently next time.
It’s a continual learning / improving process. I love that!

I also love the flexibility of the program — that I can work it at my own pace and to the depth that I want to.

Making and eating food that is beautiful, simple, fresh and delicious brings me so much joy! And eating plant-based has reduced our family’s food costs too!

 – Susan Stiles
Independent Study Student

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