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4. LEARN TO COOK


“There’s nothing better than a well-cooked omelette” or so the French proverb goes. After our suggestions to nourish the soul, here are some alternative suggestions with regard to taking care of the body during your year out...

1. LESSONS IN SPANISH CUISINE

Ferran Adrià, recognized by most people to be the best chef in the world closes his restaurant, El Bulli, for five months every year in order to experiment and invent new dishes with the 42 chefs he employs. If we could take as many years out as we wanted, we probably still wouldn’t come close to Adrià! However, one can, and should, learn to cook better. It’s very important for our mental and physical wellbeing. During a gap year, simply following the steps in a food blog, or signing up for a Thai cooking course in Bangkok could give us an opportunity to learn how to eat (and cook!) properly.

Video. THE JOY OF COOKING AND OF LIVING

If you want to make an omelette, you have to break some eggs. Be inspired by one of the best chefs of our time. (Duration: 3 and a half minutes)

2. TONGSAI BAY THAI COOKING CLASSES

Signing up for a cookery course is a very popular option when it comes to holidays in Thailand. If you want to take things very seriously, you should sign up for the superior cooking classes at Tongsai Bay. You’ll need to resist the temptation of the incredibly delicious street food in Bangkok and concentrate on the secrets of this very varied cuisine. Learning this type of cooking is like “killing two birds with the one stone” : not only will you have a delicious meal as the end result of all your efforts but you will also have mastered the almost meditative-like time and attention needed when preparing and cooking the ingredients.

Video. JULIE AND JULIA

The official trailer for this recent deliciously thought provoking film. (Duration: 2 and a half minutes)

3. COOKING, WRITING, PHOTOGRAPHY, WHAT ELSE?

Although his recipes aren’t yet found on YouTube, this meticulous blogger/photographer/designer/writer deserves to be known. Very modestly, he writes the following on his blog: “I have to admit I was very surprised when Dolce & Gabbana asked me to create a recipe for their online magazine Swide”. Not only is the recipe gorgeous, the photos are too! A recipient of various awards for his cooking blog, the young Turkish chef Cenk, or Jenk, should be the first on your list of things to do during your year out. Learn to cook his delicious cakes and chocolate biscuits, then devote yourself to comparing his meticulously detailed recipes to modern Turkish cooking. cafefernando.com

Video. CHOCOLAT

Chocolate and Johnny Depp – an irresistible duo! (Duration: 2 minutes)

4. STILETTO CHEF

Candice Kumai became famous thanks to the TV show “Top Chef” and has continued her success with “Cook Yourself Thin” on Lifetime channel, creating a spin-off book that is one of the highest selling cookery books from the New York Times bestselling series. Being a former model, as well as a celebrity chef, Candice Kumai has dedicated herself to teaching weight-conscious Americans about healthy cooking and eating. It’s enjoyable to watch her combine her elegant syle with delicious food on her blog www.stilettochef.com. Candice is in the process of releasing her first solo cookbook which should be on the shelves in February 2011.

Video. KUMAI, A MODEL EATER

The beauty of the chef complemented by the quality of the food in the same photo shoot. (Duration: 2 and a half minutes).

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  • 1. REDISCOVERING YOUR INNER CREATIVITY Gurus, intellectuals and psychologists encourage us to be more creative. Stuck in a daily routine, it is difficult to give free reign to our creativity. Stefan Sagmeister manages a famous design studio in New York but takes a year off every seven years. And he’s not the only one. In this studio, all employees are obliged to take a year off every 7 years to refresh themselves and find new sources of inspiration. (click here for article and videos)
  • 2. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN NATURE “Nature is the best teacher for showing us who we really are”. To be oneself, to leave behind the worries and doubts that everyday life can bring, enjoying the “here and now”, is something that 21st century human beings have great difficulty doing. Here are 5 destinations that will set your heart free, where you can enjoy nature during your year off. (clicca per articolo e video)
  • 3. REDISCOVER YOUR SPIRITUALITY According to legend, every soul has a soul mate, a twin spirit somewhere out there. Today’s tendency is to think that this soul mate is the person with whom we should fall in love, but the Sufi poet Jalal ad-Din Rumi thought otherwise: his soul mate was a wandering dervish from Anatolia. (click here for article and videos)
  • 4. LEARN TO COOK “There’s nothing better than a well-cooked omelette” or so the French proverb goes. As well as nourishing your soul, here we look at different suggestions for travelling the world with the objective of learning new cooking techniques and skills in order to take better care of our bodies. (click here for article and videos)
  • 5. TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE Taking a year off and thinking only of yourself is sure to get a little boring after a while, as well as not very productive. Perhaps a good idea would be to devote oneself to a problem or an issue that affects ourselves and possibly future generations. Taking the responsibility to ensure that the world will be a better place is a very good choice. (click here for article and videos)
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