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Anna Colquhoun is a cooking teacher, consultant on BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet, author of Eat Slow Britain and Riverford Organic's Preseving Guru. Anna trained as a chef in San Francisco and interned at Alice Waters' legendary restaurant Chez Panisse. Something of a food nerd, she has travelled far to research and write about her subject.

Anna lives in Highbury, London, and offers cooking classes, catering and monthly Secret Kitchen dinners. Classes include Moroccan and Turkish feasts, New Nordic cuisine, preserving, bread making, seasonal vegetarian cooking, knife skills, pastry, pasta, seafood and more.

“Anna's style of teaching is calm, friendly, educational and relaxed. I felt she really engaged with the group and gave exceptional tips.”
“Thanks again for such a brilliant day and for sharing your wonderful skills. I can't believe how much we made and how much I learned in your lovely kitchen!”


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Experiences

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The Secret Kitchen is Culinary Anthropologist's supper club. 20+ people come
for dinner in Anna's home. We start with cocktails and canapes and then sit at
several communal tables for a seasonal... Read more

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The Cooking Club is a monthly series of classes that you can dip in and out of
as you please. Classes are usually held on the second Tuesday and/or Wednesday
of the month, 7-10pm. At each class we... Read more

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At this masterclass you will learn all the basics of salt-curing and hot-
smoking - both of which can easily be done at home using simple DIY kit.

You will learn how to cure and smoke fish, meat and... Read more

by Culinary Anthropologist

At this masterclass you will learn all the basics of salt-curing and hot-
smoking - both of which can easily be done at home using simple DIY kit.

You will learn how to cure and smoke fish, meat and... Read more

by Culinary Anthropologist

The Cooking Club is a monthly series of classes that you can dip in and out of
as you please. Classes are usually held on the second Tuesday and/or Wednesday
of the month, 7-10pm. At each class we... Read more

by Culinary Anthropologist

The Cooking Club is a monthly series of classes that you can dip in and out of
as you please. Classes are usually held on the second Tuesday and/or Wednesday
of the month, 7-10pm. At each class we... Read more

by Culinary Anthropologist

The Secret Kitchen is Culinary Anthropologist's supper club. 20+ people come
for dinner in Anna's home. We start with cocktails and canapes and then sit at
several communal tables for a seasonal... Read more

by Culinary Anthropologist

We will focus on how to **fit making your own bread into a busy life**. Who
has the time to knead dough after work every day, let alone wait for it to
rise twice before you bake it? At this class you... Read more

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Come along for an informal class to learn how to make classic Spanish tapas dishes. Cooking together will be interspersed with eating tapas and drinking rioja and sherry in a relaxed atmosphere. ... Read more

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The world’s best restaurant, Noma in Copenhagen, has propelled new Nordic cuisine into the limelight. Chef René Redzepi’s innovative approach showcases the finest indigenous Nordic ingredients in... Read more

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At this masterclass you will learn how to open oysters, how to check and
prepare mussels and clams, and how to deal with squid and cuttlefish. The
class is suited to shellfish and seafood novices and... Read more

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I offer seasonal preserving workshops. We cover all the basics of preserving fruits and vegetables and together we make five you can take home.

You'll learn about sterilising jars, using sugar,... Read more

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In partnership with Riverford, the lovely organic veg box people, I offer
seasonal preserving workshops. We cover all the basics of preserving fruits
and vegetables and together we make five you can... Read more

by Culinary Anthropologist

In partnership with Riverford, the lovely organic veg box people, I offer
seasonal preserving workshops. I cover all the basics of preserving fruits and
vegetables and together we make five you can... Read more

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At this class you will learn how to make a range of festive breads perfect for the coming holiday season, including Jewish braided challah, buttery brioche, traditional Dresden stollen and Italian... Read more

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The **Secret Kitchen** is the monthly Culinary Anthropologist supperclub that
has been running since January 2010. For this special New Nordic Secret
Kitchen Anna is collaborating with guest chef... Read more

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If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make your own pastry, whip up some choux, and bake melt-in-the-mouth shortbread, then this class is for you.

Anna Colquhoun, the Culinary Anthropologist, has... Read more

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At this class you will learn how to make and care for your own **sourdough
starter** and use it to make **crusty wheat and rye sourdough breads**. You
will also learn how to make **beautiful... Read more

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One of the world’s top restaurants, Noma in Copenhagen, has propelled new Nordic cuisine into the limelight. Chef René Redzepi’s innovative approach showcases the finest indigenous Nordic ingredients... Read more

by Culinary Anthropologist

One of the world’s top restaurants, Noma in Copenhagen, has propelled new Nordic cuisine into the limelight. Chef René Redzepi’s innovative approach showcases the finest indigenous Nordic ingredients... Read more

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Beekeeper and author Elizabeth Gowing will guide us through a tasting of extraordinary honeys and reveal the fascinating history, geography, science and culture surrounding this unique food. You will... Read more

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_**Swedish St Lucia saffron buns with hazelnut fluffy butter**_

_**Sticky cinnamon 'snails' (Danish buns)**_

_**Traditional Danishes with easy home-made dough**_... Read more

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One of the world's best restaurants, Noma in Copenhagen, has propelled new
Nordic cuisine into the limelight. Chef Rene Redzepi's innovative approach
showcases the finest indigenous Nordic... Read more

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Join Catalan culinary expert Rachel McCormack and Anna for a Spanish rice
masterclass. We will cover three very different techniques for cooking rice,
all traditional in Spain, and then enjoy our... Read more

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If you've always wanted to learn how to make your own pastry, lemon curd,
caramel, chocolate ganache or macarons, then this class is for you! (There is
no need to have attended Patisserie... Read more

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Join Catalan culinary expert Rachel McCormack and Anna for a glorious day of
pig cookery and general piggery.

We will celebrate the pig by using its various parts for a delicious
breakfast, hearty... Read more

by Culinary Anthropologist

In partnership with Riverford, the organic veg box people, I offer seasonal
preserving workshops. We cover all the basics of preserving fruits and
vegetables and together we make five you can take... Read more

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Whether you love seafood and want more inspiration, or want to get over your
fear of attempting fish and shellfish dishes at home, this class is for you!


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Fellow anthropologist Katharina Graf is returning to Anna's kitchen this
October for another Moroccan feast.

As any traveller to Morocco knows, the best cooking is most often found in
people's... Read more

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The **Secret Kitchen** is the monthly Culinary Anthropologist supperclub that
has been running since January 2010. For this special Moroccan Secret Kitchen
Anna is collaborating with fellow food... Read more

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Join me and **Prakash Nanthan** of Coconut Kitchens for a masterclass in
Southern Indian cooking. Together we will make:


... Read more

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To celebrate the longest day of the year we're going to cook up a summertime
party menu. Think cocktails, beautiful open sandwiches and outdoor cooking.
This will be a hands-on cooking class limited... Read more

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Back by popular demand, drinks expert** Victoria Moore** will be joining Anna
in the kitchen to host a **masterclass on gin**, Victoria's favourite spirit.
There is little she doesn't know about this... Read more

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### **_The surprising story of the taco_**

### **with Claudia Prieto Piastro**

... Read more

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_with the Telegraph's wine editor, Victoria Moore_



You will taste and drink at least six of Victoria's current favourite wines,... Read more

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**Special Persian Secret Kitchen**

**_Saffron Nights: Tales from the Persian Kitchen_**

**with Yasmin Khan**... Read more

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Join drinks writer **Victoria Moore** and Anna in the kitchen for a hot and
spicy evening of food and wine. This time we're tackling the tricky question
of **what to drink with chilli**.

After a... Read more

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This May we're going to cook up a modern Scandinavian springtime feast.
Provisional menu:

_**Pine shoot cordial**_
... Read more

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Join drinks writer **Victoria Moore** and Anna in the kitchen for a delicious
night of **summer holiday** drinks and food. There'll be plenty to eat, loads
of useful tips, a fascinating insight into... Read more

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At this new addition to our series of bread workshops we will focus on British
teatime treats:

**Chelsea buns**
... Read more

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At this masterclass you will learn how to identify, wash, store, chop, use and
preserve a variety of summer herbs including lavender, basil, tarragon, mint,
dill, sweet woodruff, thyme and more.

You... Read more

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Game cookery can be much easier than you think! All you need is a few simple
skills and techniques and a little hands on experience. This class will
encourage you to cook game more often and give you... Read more

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Regional food in Japan reveals a rich variety of cooking styles, tastes and
ingredients. While some of these are seen as deeply embedded in the history
and cultural practices of an area, others are... Read more

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**Cantonese masala: the surprising stories of spicy food in China's Pearl River Delta**

Take a journey into the kitchens and cafes of 19th century Canton as we
explore how experiments with spices... Read more

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**A Greek moveable feast in a secret kitchen**

This special Secret Kitchen is a collaboration with fellow anthropologist and
chef Nafsika Papacharalampous. Nafsika undertook intensive fieldwork in... Read more

Contact

Website: www.culinaryanthropologist.org

Email: anna@culinaryanthropologist.org

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Twitter: @culinaryanth

Reviews

Home Bread Workshop

Rating: 10

Anita attended Home Bread workshop in March 2017, reviewed on 21 March 2017

My husband and I attended Anna's Home Bread Workshop and cannot recommend it highly enough. We really really enjoyed the whole day and learnt so much - Anna is a fantastic teacher and fits so much in to the day. Anna has a really lovely personality and makes everyone feel at ease and at home in her beautiful kitchen. We really enjoyed sharing experiences with the other participants too. It was such a treat to sit and eat a delicious lunch together and then to take the bread which we had baked home to enjoy. Anna's teaching has taken our bread making to another level and we are so enjoying the new experience of making sour dough.
Thank you so much Anna. We are now looking forward to coming to see you in Croatia.
Rob and Anita x

Home Bread Workshop

Rating: 10

margot attended Home Bread workshop in March 2017, reviewed on 7 March 2017

Anna's home bread workshop was such an enjoyable and value for money experience. Having tried making sourdough myself and not always getting it right, I have now learnt with Anna simple techniques to have success in every batch. Plus, she taught us the easiest 5 minute dough that can live in the fridge for up to a week and you can produce delicious focaccias, pizzas, boulle and naans in a flash. Since the course last Sunday I have produced 4 beautiful loaves of delicious sourdough bread. My family, and I, are over the moon. This is my third workshop with Anna and I would absolutely recommend any of her workshops and clubs. She is a great cook and teacher. She is also so lovely and her kitchen has a great atmosphere. Last but not least...the food we eat there is always so good!!!

A wonderful experience from start to finish (and beyond...)

Rating: 10

EleanorR attended Home Bread workshop in March 2017, reviewed on 6 March 2017

Anna is a wonderful teacher - straightforward and clear - and creates a very warm and relaxed atmosphere. The class structure was very well designed so that we fitted in the maximum amount and got to really try the whole process for several different types of dough, while also having plenty of time to ask questions and taste different breads along the way too, and without ever feeling rushed.

I am amazed at how much we fitted into one day. I feel inspired both that I can make bread making a part of my rather random and busy schedule and that I will absolutely love doing it!

Can't wait for the next class...!

home Bread Workshop

Rating: 2

sheilaghdavies attended Home Bread workshop in March 2017, reviewed on 6 March 2017

Exceptionally enjoyably and informate day, both practically and theoretically, Hands on ' experience from start to finish, with a delicious lunch to sample our creations.
Anna has a real gift for creating an informal atmosphere, with a small group of mostly strangers at the start of the Class with inspiring and very high level teaching, explaining many of the technical issues underlying baking good bread,
all embellished with her knowledge of the cuisine and cookery internationally.
All pulled off with great warmth and good humour!

Catalan Pig Day

Rating: 9

carolines attended Pig Day in February 2017, reviewed on 8 February 2017

Excellent day - entertaining, challenging and fascinating. I learned a lot about under used bits of the pig and about Catalan cuisine, as well as lots of general preparation/cookery skills. My favourite dish was the liver frit from Majorca (breakfast fry up). Both Anna and Rachel were very knowledgable and the day was well organised. Highly recommended.

Autumn game cookery

Rating: 10

Lmoon attended Autumn Game Masterclass in November 2016, reviewed on 12 November 2016

Another excellent course by Anna. She always provides a warm and welcoming environment and plenty of inspiration for the home cook. On the day, It was impossible to choose a favourite game dish as they all tasted delicious, especially when enjoyed with the accompanying selection of wines. Techniques such as smoking and confit cooking were made easy by Anna's clear direction and the hands on approach. The biggest challenge was being patient whilst the tempting smells filled the kitchen.

Review

Rating: 10

lorely burkill attended Autumn Game Masterclass in November 2016, reviewed on 10 November 2016

I have attended many cooking demos and events and I can honestly say that the classes Anna run are the best. You really learn techniques, usually five, at each session. Always run in a welcoming friendly atmosphere you leave having gained confidence to cook the dishes at home. I have attended all her preserving classes and jam making now seems so easy.

Brilliant!

Rating: 10

xorla attended Autumn Preserving workshops in October 2016, reviewed on 14 October 2016

This was the second time I attended one of Anna's workshops - I was so chuffed with the first class that my enthusiasm persuaded two friends to join me this time. There were 8 of us in the group, some coming alone,others in pairs- but all obviously sharing an interest in cooking. I think I can safely say we all had a great time AND learned an awful lot in an easy relaxed way from our expert host- ready with answers to all our questions; with delicious lunch in the middle, and then going home with our bag of precious preserves! I will be back! Thank you so much, Anna and Emma

Such an Enjoyable day!

Rating: 10

rebecca@sloane.eclipse.co.uk attended Autumn Preserving workshops in October 2016, reviewed on 13 October 2016

My daughter and I attended the autumn preserving workshop and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We learned so much about making jelly/jam and pickles and will hopefully put this experience to use at home. Anna and Emma make everyone feel welcome and the camaraderie of the group was very much enhanced by preparing the food together and sharing the delicious lunch which we had. I highly recommend Anna's cooking classes.

Wonderful day

Rating: 10

100pctcocoa attended Curing and Smoking Masterclasses in May 2016, reviewed on 18 May 2016

Like visiting old, and very well informed, friends for lunch, turning up early, pitching in and learning how to make everything.

Great food and people. I had done a bit of smoking before but still learned loads.

Thanks Anna