Cooking tips for the reluctant beginner

Alumna Jess Dang’s cooking lessons and recipes are her way of helping others. Photo: Noah Hawthorne, ’05

When Stanford alumna Jess Dang, ’03, was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness as a teenager, she promised herself that if she lived to age 30, she’d turn her attention to helping others lead a healthier life.

While at Stanford, she underwent treatment and by her senior year she was considered cured, with a good chance of leading a normal, healthy life.

Dang didn’t forget her promise. A month after her 30th birthday, Dang quit her job and created Cook Smarts, a meal-planning subscription service that offers online recipes and cooking lessons.

Stanford Magazine recently asked Dang for some practical tips for beginners, whether they are cooking for one or for a family of five.  Read what she said here.