Nomad Cook
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I'm a local passionate cook that strives to use his skills to make a local social impact through cooking classes and content creation.

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Kate G
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Luis' cooking class is absolutely amazing. We did the Vegan Moles cooking class and it was not only one of the best meals I've ever had in my life, but an all-around amazing experience. We started out with a fun trip to the market and got to be a part of selecting the ingredients we needed for our food, and even got to learn a little bit about the different types of peppers. We started our cooking class off with some pan dulce and hot chocolate before we started really cooking. The experience was amazing overall, it was great to chat with Luis as he told us about the history of mole and the current situation in Oaxaca. We got to walk around Oaxaca and had some delicious nieve as a treat halfway through our cooking, and going to the community mill to grind our mole was also really cool! It was an amazing experience and the food we made was SO delicious. I highly recommend Luis and his cooking classes, it was one of the highlights from our time in Oaxaca!
Written November 20, 2022
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Jeff B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
What an AMAZING experience! There is no better way to experience the flavors of Oaxaca than by taking a cooking class with Nomad Cook. The proprietor, Luis, met us at a local market where we shopped and learned about all of the ingredients necessary to make a mole negro and mole verde. From there we went to the studio where we prepped and cooked and chatted about the history of mole and Mexican cuisine in general. Not only did we learn how to prepare these fabulous dishes, but we then got to eat them! Best mole negro ever!! We will certainly return to Oaxaca and when we do we’ll be sure to sign up for another session. Highly recommended.
Written January 15, 2024
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Bruceava
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Our experience with the Nomad Cook was perfect! Prior to starting, Luis, the chef, was extremely accessible and responsive. We set a time and place to meet, a market about a 10 minute walk from his kitchen studio. From there we set out to to his favorite merchants and started selecting the freshest ingredients. Upon seeing our favorite fruit, passion fruit, we asked if we could buy some. Luis immediately accommodated, which led to fresh passion fruit juice for the rest of the 6 hr lesson. During our session we made 4 types of salsas, a cactus salad, tortillas from scratch and more. A bonus was we asked if we could make chocolate tamales for dessert, a family favorite. Again Luis was very accommodating. During our lesson we took a “break” to walk to the local mill to grind our corn for the tamales and also collect freshly ground chocolate. He was also accommodating to vegetarians and vegans, which was also not our experience with other chefs.

A great feature of the class through the Nomad Cook is that lessons are private, there were only 4 of us and he does not have more than 5 people. We took a mole class through another chef and there were 9 of us, which was too many people to really learn how to prepare each individual dish as people were working on many things at once. We also had our 8 and 10 year old with us and they were able to actively participate in all the work.

What made the experience even better was that the Nomad Cook focuses on strengthening awareness and sustainability of the local communities. His initiative is focused on telling their stories as a means to empower these communities that do not have a strong voice. Luis shares his insights about the local communities and their contributions to Oaxacan and Mexican culture.
Written January 5, 2020
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Thank you so much for your review, Bruce! I also had a wonderful time with you and your family. I've been including passion fruit more and more when it's available. Thanks for the suggestion that became part of the menu now :)
Written February 28, 2020
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Annie P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I am so grateful to Luis for creating such a superb and holistic experience -- we absolutely loved our day cooking with him! Buying ingredients at the local market together was a wonderful way to begin, and I enjoyed seeing and tasting new heirloom varietals of vegetables that I had never tasted before.

Throughout the class, Luis wove in stories and his insights on the political and social history of food in Mexico. He treated us like old friends, and we had an engaging conversation with him throughout the day. The food we made was also delicious, and it was the perfect level of participation and hands-on learning.

I will definitely take another class with Luis next time I come to Oaxaca, and I would highly recommend him!
Written September 12, 2021
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Iron_Cho
Chicago, IL30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Mexico (and Oaxaca in particular) is well known for its traditional foodways, and there’s no better place to appreciate this rich heritage than in the kitchen. While restaurants and other food tours might ply you with constant sampling, it’s just no substitute for an understanding of process. Even the most simply prepared dishes here are deep expressions of generational knowledge & Mexican history--which Luis knows well & passionately communicates to his audience.

Our “Tortillas, Nixtamal, Salsa” class began at a local market to shop for the ingredients, which we then took to his workshop. Making the nixtamal from scratch alone made this class worth our time. But we learned so much more, both from what Luis shared directly and, just as importantly, from the ambient knowledge we absorbed from participating in the cooking & prep. We’re already pretty comfortable in kitchens and poring over recipes, but there is a wealth of sensory cues you just can’t learn from a book: how the nixtamal smells when it’s ready; the right consistency of the ingredients worked in the molcajete; the stamina required to grind corn by hand. We left this class with full bellies and an enhanced appreciation & understanding of the process underpinning these pillars of Mexican cuisine.

If you find yourself in Oaxaca, don’t skip this workshop!
Written September 4, 2021
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arrow810
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
Luis and the cooking class was absolutely phenomenal. During the experience, not only will you physically go to the market with him and buy food you most likely never eaten before, but you'll also learn how to cook each ingredients and have an incredibly insightful conversation at the same time. During the afternoon, I learned about the impact of tourism for Oaxaca, ways to better support the local community, and so many other fascinating topics I would've never been able to otherwise. The magic was he treats you as a friend cooking with him while having a conversation and not a class. 10/10 would recommend!
Written July 30, 2021
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Simon J
122 contributions
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We did the Vegan Cooking Class with Luis and it was really great.

We first met up at the local market to get the groceries for the cooking class. In our case the masa dough and lots of vegetables.

We then walked the 5min it took to reach his kitchen and started cooking.
Luis is really passionate about the food but also what it represents and the people behind it.
We got to learn a lot about local and native produce and then also cook with it. 5h has never gone so fast.
The best part is that YOU ACTUALLY GET TO DO THE COOKING. Sadly in so many cooking classes this is not the case.

We made Guacamole, a salad with heirloom tomatoes and huitlacoche (fungus corn), molotes, salsa and tamales with beans. We also made Hibiscus water which is a classic.
Everything tasted 👌🔥

During Covid-times Luis assured us he takes all the necessary precautions which you could tell.

If you get the chance you should really try to do a cooking class with Nomad Cook!
Written October 18, 2020
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lori h
Bellingham, WA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
we had such a fabulous time in Luis' tortillas, nixtamal, and salsas workshop! we learned a ton, made some amazing food, and we got to experience how a local shops, prepares, and cooks food in oaxaca. we met at a local market where Luis bought all the ingredients we'd need for our menu, so we learned about many ingredients i'd never seen before and also met several vendors. then we walked back to Luis' studio and did lots of preparation for several dishes, including nixtamalizing our corn, roasting and shelling cacao beans, and lots of chopping and cleaning of veggies and herbs. once the corn was finished cooking, we took it and the chocolate to a local mill where we had both milled... the corn in to masa and the chocolate (with cinnamon, almonds, and a little bit of sugar) in to a paste. it was really cool to see how that process worked! finally, we came back and finished many dishes: quesadillas, tamales, soup, a crazy good green mole, and even some chocolate tamales for dessert!

Luis was incredibly knowledgeable, great at explaining things, and really fun to work with. we got lots of hands on experience with new foods and new techniques, and the meal was honestly one of the best we had in oaxaca (which is really saying something!).

we absolutely recommend spending a day with Luis, learning about food, history, and culture, and eating
Written February 28, 2020
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Wow Lori, thanks for your kind words, it was a great experience having all of you during the class. I'm glad you had fun and enjoyed the class. Saludos!!
Written March 7, 2020
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lobitalinda
Bonita Springs, FL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Luis is a fantastic teacher, you feel his love for food and deep respect for Mexican culture from the moment you meet him. Not only did he show us what market to shop at, his favorite shops, how to pick produce, but we also got some corn pre-soaked specially for tortillas and had the chance to go to a molino (grinding house) and watch the process of making the tortilla dough. During the cooking class we learned how to make tortillas (there's a whole art to it), a delicious traditional sopa de guias (soup made from the vegetables from the milpa), tomatillo salsa, and memelas (the name eludes me) these bean with cheese squares that we hadn't encountered before in our Mexico journey. If you come to Mexico because of food (or you want to explore more about food) I highly recommend taking a class with Luis. Not only will you learn a lot, but he will give you all sorts of food tips on where to eat the most delicious things! (YUM!!!! Just thinking about it) Thank you again for having us!
Written December 25, 2019
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Thank you so much for attending the class! I'm glad you and your party had fun and appreciated the class and work. I'm always happy to share my knowledge and space with my students!
Written February 25, 2020
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Leslie C
Ashland, OR1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
To me, this is one of the top highlights of our trip. Luis is such a profoundly dedicated man to traditional food, how each ingredient is prepared and cooked to bring out its optimum, inherent medicinal purpose. You can feel his passion and respect that runs so deep. To learn of food that equates culture, history, community, politics all that cannot be separated from its life force and ancestry, is so vital to know and to feel. The food was so fresh and alive from choosing its ingredients from the local market as he shares stories, to preparing it slowly and mindfully with love and respect, to its end result of sitting together and enjoying the feast that we all created together. What a beautiful cultural experience, one that has stayed with me days later and one that I know made an imprint in me forever more. Thank you Luis. Cannot recommend Tortillas, Nixtamal and Salsa workshop enough. I look forward to bringing my husband within the year to meet you and to be fortunate enough to come again.
Written February 1, 2024
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