Ballymaloe Cookery School
Daylong classes on the 100-acre organic farm includge mushroom foraging, wine tasting, and raising chickens. Indulge in a class taught by Rachel Allen (granddaughter-in-law of Myrtle, Ireland's Giada De Laurentiis) in a loftlike demonstration kitchen. Allen is a superb teacher, eloquent and confident, attentive to variations, and mindful of the rapport between an old recipe and its modern interpretation. She made a staple food as rustic and homespun as bread seem contemporary.