Timeline – History

Just graduated from The California Culinary Academy DJ purchased Cooks and Books, a cooking school and cookbook store in Danville. On the first day as owner she met Kent, an avid cook and customer. They began teaching classes together and the relationship grew. They shared the love of food and cooking.

Kent and DJ were married and the business had outgrown its current space. They came upon a house in Old Towne Danville that was for sale and thought they could renovate it into a quaint cooking school. The project quickly grew into a major new build that resulted in a two story Victorian with their living quarters upstairs and retail, demonstration kitchen, commercial kitchen, outdoor kitchen and gardens in the back. The next two years were a blur of classes and construction.

We moved into our new location and prayed that interest in cooking classes would continue! Thankfully it did and the business thrived. We added a wine shop and thus became Cooks and Books and Corks. We offered classes most weeknights, catered and did private events. Life is good!

We rang in the New Millennium with a multi course dinner and CBC logo etched bottles of champagne for all who attended! We were voted “Best Place to Catch a Meal” by Diablo Magazine in 1998 and the private and corporate events were extremely popular. Our grilling classes became the thing to do on a Friday night for couples in the East Bay.

Napa Valley had been enticing us since we met and celebrated our wedding there followed by our reception at The French Laundry. We loved Yountville and purchased a little house there in 2002 which became our favorite getaway. We decided to relocate and put our Danville property on the market. In November 2004 Danville sold on the same day we put an offer on our place in Angwin. We had our work cut out for us to be sure.

After extensive renovation we moved into our new space and hung our shingle. Perched on Howell Mountain overlooking the valley the views can be a distraction but our cooking classes became popular events for visitors to Napa Valley with interest in cooking as well as cooking at wineries for special events. The first question each morning is always about what we will be preparing that day. We are so fortunate to be able to work at what we most love and to be able do it together!