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All talks given by Linda Watson, author of Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet—all on $5 a Day or Less. Also see the class descriptions in the Wildly Good Cook Certificate Program and other cooking classes. Any of these talks and classes can be the basis for a custom talk. See the calendar for the current class schedule.

These talks have been wildly successful at businesses, universities, and conferences, including SAS Institute,  the Share Our Strength Conference of Leaders, the Carolina Farm Stewardship's Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Duke University, the North Carolina Museum of History, and the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Collaborative.

Your expertise on this subject really shines through and adds so much to what attendees with get out of this conference — Jill Panichelli, Manager – Program Development, Share Our Strength

Her exuberance and insight on shopping at a farmers market and staying in your budget is not to be missed! — Erin Kauffman, Market Manager – Durham Farmers' Market

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Food-Policy Talks

  • Eating Delicious, Local Food on a Tight Budget. Learn key budgeting and food-management skills so you and your clients can get the most value out of your food dollars. Put your understanding to work playing "Let's Make a Meal!" 60 minutes.
  • Personal and Ethical: Save Money, Eat Well, and Make a Difference — Living the Cook for Good lifestyle can help you save money to pay your rent, contribute to your favorite cause, or go to Paris. It can help bring you joy four times a day, with fresh, delicious meals and a tasty snack. Perhaps most importantly, it gives you a way to make a real difference with every meal: slowing global warming, reducing your environmental impact, reducing suffering, and helping people thrive on a very low food budget. Time: 30 or 60 minutes.
  • Using Thrift as a Path Towards Healthy People and Healthy Food Systems — A growing minority of people vote with their forks for pure food, humane treatment of workers and animals, a sustainable local food system, and the environment. Yet many people can't see the point of eating anything but the cheapest, most convenient, and "tastiest" food, no matter what their financial situation. Learn four hurdles that keep people from eating healthy, local food and four opportunities to help people overcome them. Time: 30 minutes.

Farmers' Market Style Tastings and Mini-Classes

Taste leads to belief. When people try my delicious, healthy, affordable food, they buy the ingredients to make it and try it at home. Farmers and stores report that sales soar for the ingredients in my sample dishes.

  • Tastings. Participants try a dish such as Spicy Peanut Noodles with Seasonal Vegetables, Southern Summer Pesto, Cuban Black Beans and get a copy of the recipe. A display shows the ingredients and techniques used.
  • Mini-classes. Combine a fun 10-minute presentation with a brief Q&A and tastings. Choose recipes that work for you, such as the Healthy Tailgating combo I did for the Celebrate North Carolina Sports event at the North Carolina History Museum, with samples of my Spicy Black-Eyed Peas, Black Bean Salad with Tomatoes and Roasted Corn, and Chocolate Sweet-Potato Snack Cake. Schedule several sessions at half-hour intervals for schools or for corporate lunch-and-learn sessions.


Personal Development Talks

  • How an English Major Learned to Write Procedures, Lead Programmers, Develop Games, Run a Company, Change the World, and Cook Up a Storm — Don't know what you want to be when you grow up? No worries! Learn how to stay nimble and use your communications skills to do what you love in an ever-changing world. Time: 20 minutes.
  • Write your own Cookbook — Have fun, become a better cook, and help others by writing your own cookbook. Learn how to document your recipes, photograph food, develop your own style guide, and land a book deal. Get the scoop on agents, publicity, essential references, and the journey from the kitchen to the book store. Consider self-publishing if you'd rather write for a smaller audience or just want to control the whole process. Bring your camera and your manuscript, notes, or a favorite cookbook to discuss in this lively workshop. Take home a handout and a plan for creating your own masterpiece. Class time: 90 minutes with optional PowerPoint illustrations or 3 hours with more hands-on writing and photography exercises.