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Patricio Garcia de Paredes
(Spain / Japan),

was introduced to macrobiotics at the age of five by his mother, Luchi Baranda, in his native country Spain. After graduating from the Kushi Institute, he began to teach and give cooking classes in Southeast Asia, South America, and Spain. In 1998 he moved to Japan to spread macrobiotics through developing macrobiotic restaurants, giving cooking classes, presenting lectures, and publishing macrobiotic cookbooks. In Japan, he was executive chef at Kushi Garden and Chaya Macrobiotic restaurant. For several years he was the educational director of the Kushi Institute of Japan. Recently he opened his own educational macrobiotic centre in Tokyo. He maintains a busy international schedule and currently resides in Japan with his Japanese wife, four daughters and one son.

His newest, very beautiful and inspiring cookbook will be soon available at Deshima Shop and Mail Order.



Macrobiotic Cooking and Workshop Weekends


Weekend Fermented Foods
and Traditional Pickles


October 12 – 14

Living in Japan and being a macrobiotic chef, fermentation specialist and cooking teacher for many years, Patricio is a guarantee for a most informative weekend with delicious cooking.


A Weekend with Patricio Garcia de Paredes
Fermenting and use of miso, tempeh, natto, (sea) vegetables, tofu and more…

Pickles are amazingly valuable as a help in the digestion of your food. They create bacterial balance in your digestive system, and work as a probiotic. A small portion of salt-fermented foods per day will make it possible to absorb more nutrients from your food, aid digestion and improve immunity. Pickles are easy to prepare at home. Patricio will show you the most important and most delicious traditional pickles from the Far East and Europe.





17.30 - 18.00 Registration
18.15 - 19.15 Welcome dinner
19.30 - 21.30 Lecture: The health benefits of fermented foods

What are fermented foods? How do fermented foods and pickles aid digestion and absorption of food and nutrients? Health benefits of fermented foods. Probiotics and prebiotics, including where to find them in our daily food. A look at different pickles and fermented foods from around the world, their uses, health benefits and potential healing properties. Traditional Japanese fermented foods, what is unique about them.



08.00 - 09.00 Do-In morning exercises with Valentina
09.15 - 09.45 Breakfast
10.00 - 12.30 Cooking class: Fermented foods and pickles, home-made

For the Saturday morning cooking class, Patricio will demonstrate a wide variety of pickles, mostly vegetables, but also some tofu and sea vegetables. The emphasis will be in simple, easy pickles that anyone can make. Also short fermentation so that they are ready to eat soon. This class will be more informative and will follow on the lecture. Recipes for most of the pickles will be available since it is nice to have a basic quantity when making pickles.

12.45 - 15.15 Lunch and free time
15.30 - 18.00 Workshop: The making of miso, tempeh and natto

You will learn how to make your own miso, natto and tempeh at home. It is valuable to know these techniques; you will never know when you need them. Plus it is fun and easy to do. Recipes will be handed out.

18.15 - 19.00 Dinner



08.00 - 09.00 Do-In morning exercises with Valentina
09.15 - 09.45 Breakfast
10.00 - 12.30 Cooking class: Cooking with fermented foods

For the Sunday morning class, Patricio will concentrate on cooking with fermented foods, seasonings and pickles. He will demonstrate a wide range of cooking possibilities. Most will be simple and quick dishes so that you can incorporate fermented foods in your way of eating easily. It will include innovative ideas that will fuse Eastern and Western cooking styles and foods. For this class there will be a lot of tasting so that it is fun and entertaining. Something like Spanish tapas. The idea is that as soon as the dish is ready, it will be passed around for people to taste. It will focus on enjoying cooking and develop delicious tastes. Patricio will cook more freely, so please bring your notebook to make notes.

12.45 - 14.00 Lunch, Deshima shopping and departure




Time: from Friday 17.45h till Sunday 14.00h
Place: Delicious Deshima, Amsterdam
Costs: 345 Euro, including warm organic macro-vegan meals, study material and participation certificate.
Classes are in English.


Early Bird offer

Get 20 Euro free Deshima shopping voucher for the registrations received before August 13
Get 50 Euro free Deshima shopping voucher for the registration together with back-to-back Art of Life School Level I, II or III



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