Tuscan Women Cook. Since 2000.
Have you ever wanted to learn to cook in Italy? To tour the beautiful Tuscan countryside? And return home with recipes handed down over generations and collected by us since 2000? Then join one of our Tuscan cooking vacations in the medieval town of Montefollonico.
Our guests cook together and eat like the locals one day and at Michelin-starred restaurants on another. Tuscan Women Cook is the original total-immersion cooking school in Montefollonico since 2000.
Indulge yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle and discover the region’s passion for food and wine. The best cooks, the local women, teach our cooking classes in Tuscany. They’ll share regional techniques, ingredients, and family recipes that have been passed down over the centuries. Put on your apron, gather around the old farmhouse table, get wrist-deep in pasta dough and learn Tuscan cooking from the source. You’ll learn first-hand how to make gnocchi, tagliatelli, and pici—thick strings of handmade eggless pasta originally made in the area of Montefollonico.
For wine lovers, we’re located in the Orcia DOC in the heart of Brunello de Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano country, and border on the Chianti wine region. This is the center of the new Italian wine renaissance and a dream locale for your next getaway with family and friends. Wine connoisseurs plan the ultimate Bucket List trip here to sample new wines and visit the spectacular vineyards. Tuscan Women Cook host Coleen will provide you with exclusive introductions to renowned Tuscan vintners and opportunities to purchase their award-winning wines for your personal cellar.
Multi-generations of family members gather here with Tuscan Women Cook to raise a glass in celebration of family milestones such as anniversaries, birthdays, and retirement. We even had one family stage an impromptu wedding!
Tuscan Women Cook also hosts many girlfriend getaways, where friends gather together from across the world to enjoy fine wine, food, and friendship. Where better to bond than in a Tuscany cooking class?
Tuscan Women Cook in the News
September 6, 2022. Listen to Coleen Kirnan’s interview with Los Angeles food critic and writer Merrill Shindler on “Feed Your Face” on CRN Digital Talk Radio . Coleen’s interview starts at the minute 6:00 mark.
September 11, 2022. Listen to Coleen Kirnan’s interview on Women of a Certain Age podcast with Denis Vivaldo.
June 4, 2022. Listen to Coleen Kirnan’s interview from Montefollinico on Guy Bower’s “The Good Life” program from KNSS 98.7/1330, Wichita, Kansas. Interview starts at the minute 1:00 mark.
October 1, 2021. Coleen joined Suzanne Stavert of Adventures of Empty Nesters on her podcast series “Travel Connections”. Suzanna has since been a guest of Tuscan Women Cook in Italy. See her Wild Blueberry Crostada inspired by our class.
Tuscan Women Cook: Nonnas. Memories. Recipes, our new cookbook, now its second printing, is receiving consistent high praise from the food community. Read Johnnie De La Garza’s review in FlicksandFood.Com, Rita DeMontis’ review in the Toronto Sun, and listen to Coleen Kirnan’s appearance on Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning on WGN Radio 720 Chicago. Interview starts at the minute 1:50 mark.
November 11, 2021. Congratulations to Kentucky Soaps & Such in Stanford on their 15 years in business on Main Street. Thank you for offering your customers the Tuscan Women Cook cookbook and for featuring the ribolitta recipe in your recent newsletter.
November 12, 2021 Thank you to Faye Levy, food scholar and cookbook author extraordinaire, for her positive review of the Tuscan Women Cook cookbook, and for trying and writing about one our favorites too, Bean and Barley Soup (Minestra di Fagioli ed Orzo). See Faye’s entire Facebook review here.