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Movember Madness: The Talented Men of Craftsy Cooking

In honor of Movember, we'd like to celebrate some particularly Craftsy men. We've already taken a look some men who quilt and men who sew. Today, we're spotlighting our outstanding group of male food and cooking instructors. Between these three accomplished men, there are more than 10 James Beard Awards and nominations and 20 popular cookbooks. What's not as easy to quantify, however, is just how many delicious meals have been prepared using the skills learned in their Craftsy classes, which include some tasty subject matter, from pizza to pasta to classic sauces of all sorts. Prepare to be inspired by these extraordinary individuals and valued instructors.

Giuliano Hazan

Giuliano Hazan in the Craftsy Kitchen

Craftsy superpowers:

An incredible mastery of Italian food and cooking, as proven through his Craftsy courses, which  include Classic Italian Pasta Sauces: Meat & Tomato and Homemade Italian Pasta.

The lowdown:

The son of famed Italian cookbook author Marcella Hazan, Italian food is in Giuliano Hazan's blood. After studying with his accomplished mother, he continues the family tradition by teaching how to create delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. But that's not all: he's also the author of James Beard Award nominated book The Classic Pasta Cookbook, which the New York Times raves has “just about everything you want to know about pasta and how to prepare it from the Italian perspective.”

Visual appetizer:

Bowl of Spaghetti alle Vongole, via Giuliano Hazan

A cozy and flavorful finished dish: Giuliano Hazan's shares his recipe for spaghetti alle vongole from his Homemade Italian Pasta class.

James Peterson

Craftsy Instructor James Peterson

Craftsy superpower:

Expert on French sauces, but with the benefit of a global culinary education, which is passed on to students in his popular Craftsy course A Modern Take on the Mother Sauces.

The lowdown:

After studying at UC Berkeley, James Peterson traveled the world honing his kitchen skills before finding his culinary "home" in French cooking. James is the author of 15 cookbooks, a seven-time James Beard Award winner, and has cooked in great restaurants in France and around the globe.

Visual appetizer:

Poached eggs are instantly extraordinary when paired with the classic French sauce hollandaise. James teaches this recipe in his class A Modern Take on the Mother Sauces.

Peter Reinhart

Crafsty Instructor Peter Reinhart

Craftsy superpower:

A carbohydrate whisperer who conveys his extreme breadth of knowledge in the Craftsy class Artisan Bread Making the FREE mini-class Perfect Pizza at Home.

The lowdown:

Peter Reinhart is an internationally renowned expert on the subject of bread and baking. In addition to having co-founded a bakery (the beloved Brother Juniper's Bakery in Santa Rosa, California), he has been a teacher at both the California Culinary Academy and the Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts. He has written several books focusing on bread baking, including The Bread Baker's Apprentice, which was named "cookbook of the year" in 2002 by both the James Beard Association and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. To Peter, who has also spoken extensively on bread as a metaphor in the search for meaningfulness, bread truly is the staff of life.

Visual appetizer:

Breads from challah to marbled rye and crusty French loaves will be within your reach after taking Craftsy course Artisan Bread Making.

Come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow for the second installment of our Homemade Holiday Cookie series!

Have you taken classes with any of these talented instructors?

One Comment


I took Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Bread Baking class. The videos were good, but I am sorely disappointed by the quality of the written recipes. Buyer beware, the written recipes are incomplete or incorrect, referring you to other recipes or the videos for important details. Very disappointed.


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