The Institute of Culinary Education, the New School of Cooking and City College of San Francisco are some schools that offer basic cooking courses. Basic cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education and City College of San Francisco are offered for college credit.
The Institute of Culinary Education offers a suite of cooking classes for absolute beginners. The suite includes three lessons spread over three evenings, with each lesson lasting about three to four hours. The lessons address how to cook a moderate assortment of basic, healthy dishes while imparting rudimentary technique, such as knife skills, sauces, sauteing and preparing pasta.
City College of San Francisco allows students of its Classes for Home Cooks to earn credits toward an associate's degree at either City College or the University of California. Food study, food fitness and food and culture are the offered classes, whose formats combine hands-on application with lectures. Students learn the basics of classic and specialized cooking equipment, knife skills, how to stock a pantry, cooking techniques and international cuisine.
Though not transferable as college credits, basic cooking courses at the New School of Cooking consist of four-week series or one-off classes on a variety of culinary subjects, such as Italian cooking, autumn soups and quickbreads.