Participants get copies of each recipe, most of which Swantner has created or tweaked. I have a library of about a thousand cookbooks, she says. And Im famous for tweaking recipes. You never really reinvent the wheel, but you can alter it just a bit.
Swantner recently visited Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. Food and travel are my passion, she says, and thats kinda how I put this [class] together. My specialty is world food. My husband and I have lived all over the world, and I have traveled all over learning about food from different cultures. Thats where Ive gotten lots of my recipes as well. I really love southeast Asia and north Africa, so youll find those influences in a lot of my food.
The best part of the workshop comes after the demonstration, when participants get to eat all the scrumptious food. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Central Market, 3815 Westheimer. For information, call 713-993-9860 or visit www.centralmarket.com. $65.
Fri., June 27, 6:30-9 p.m., 2008