Welcome to Minimalist Cooking!

As navigating today’s food system with its overwhelming choices is becoming ever more complicated, I found myself on a mission to find the simplest possible ways to source and prepare delicious meals from fresh, organic, unprocessed, preferably local ingredients.

I define Minimalist Cooking as: Preparing delicious, healthy meals from fresh, organic, unprocessed, preferably local ingredients made as easy as possible.

Or, as Jules Clancy puts it (she’s a Minimalist Cook and food blogger from Australia): “It’s about helping YOU make healthy meals as quick and easy as possible without sacrificing flavour or resorting to processed crap.”

Minimalist Cooking enables you to creatively prepare meals from any ingredients at hand – imagine no recipes, no trips to the store before you want to eat a meal, and no leftover ingredients that you don’t know what to do with. Besides the immediate impact of helping people eat great, stay healthy, and save time and money, Minimalist Cooking has an impact way beyond the personal level. It puts consumers back in control over what is in their food, reduces food waste (currently 40% of food in the U.S.), and reduces dependencies on processed foods as well as environmental damages from mass production and shipping foods around the world.

Get started with Minimalist Cooking today!

  • Join the class “Easy Cooking with Fresh Ingredients” on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10AM-1PM! This class is held in cooperation with the Alameda Recreation and Park Department. To register: Visit the Alameda Recreation and Park Department website, then click on “Adult Classes” -> “Enrichment” -> “Easy Cooking with Fresh Ingredients”. You can also search for class # 17794.


  • Private cooking classes are available 10AM-10PM, seven days a week. Call (510) 219 7716 (or email johanna@theminimalistcook.com) to schedule a private class or class series. Learn everything you need to know in order to survive (and thrive!) on unprocessed foods in only 3 classes – no previous cooking skills or experience necessary.


  • Come join the Minimalist Cooking Meetup – it’s free! We meet about quarterly for a delicious dinner from fresh ingredients.

Lots of useful content on the blog, too, and following The Minimalist Cook on Facebook is a great way to stay connected!

Ask questions, make suggestions, or simply share your thoughts by commenting or emailing johanna@theminimalistcook.com. I love hearing from people.

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