Animal Gets Cookin’

When I heard that my favorite L.A. chefs (Animal Restaurant’s Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook) were offering a cooking class, I immediately signed up and invited two friends, Jade and Afaf. I love the chefs new cookbook “Two Dudes, One Pan” which recently was voted one of the “Top 10 Cookbooks of 2008” by National Public Radio. The chapters in the book are divided up by pans: “The Big Bowl” (for salads & dressings), “Nonstick Skillet”, “Frying Pan”, “Dutch Oven”, “Roasting Pan” and “Baking Dish”. I’ve already tried some of the delicious recipes and am continuing to post them here.

The cooking class was held at “Let’s Get Cookin'” in Westlake Village. It was my first visit to this little gem and I loved the small culinary store up front. The shop is stocked with gourmet ingredients, artisanal pastas, cookware and tons of groovy gadgets!

The classroom area was located in the back of the space. It consisted of a long counter which worked as the “stage” area for guest chefs. We students were seated in chairs with tables that face the cooking stage. To the left of the students, there were in-house chefs assisting Vinny & Jon throughout their presentation.

It was all very organized and the evening flew by quickly. We watched as the chefs prepared five recipes from their book, and yes indeed…. we got to eat everything! Delicious and good fun!

On the menu:

Fennel Apple Salad,

Winter Fennel Salad w/ Apples, Grapes, Cinnamon Maple Vinaigrette


Carbonara, MyLastBite.comBucatini Carbonara w/ C Pancetta and Peas



Spicy Roasted Cauliflower,

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower w/ Capers and Parmigiano



Lemon Roasted Chicken, MyLastBite.comLemon Roasted Chicken



Fallen Chocolate Cake with Rum Caramel Sauce, MyLastBite.comFallen Chocolate Cake w/ Rum Caramel Sauce



The recipes can be found on the following pages of “Two Dudes, One Pan” by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo.

Winter Fennel Salad w/ Apples, Grapes, Cinnamon Maple Vinaigrette, pg. 30

 Fennel Salad,

Bucatini Carbonara w/ Pancetta and Peas, pg. 154

Pasta Carbonara,

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower w/ Capers and Parmigiano, pg. 178

Spicy Cauliflower,

Lemon Roasted Chicken, pg. 189
Lemon Roasted Chicken,

Fallen Chocolate Cake with Rum Caramel Sauce, pg. 231
Fallen Chocolate Cake,


Photos after the class…
Jon, Jo, Vin,
 Jon, Jo & Vinny

Afaf with Chef Jon Shook,
 Afaf & Jon

Jade with Chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo,
 Jon, Jade & Vinny

Original Class Date: Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 PM

Cost: $80 per person

My visits (with LOTS of food photos) to Animal Restaurant

About Let’s Get Cookin’

The Book

Animal Restaurant Website

1 Comment

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One response to “Animal Gets Cookin’

  1. Afaf

    Thanks again for the nice treat I enjoyed it so much:)
    Love you Jo!!!

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