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Get to know us

Welcome to Cooking by the Book where culinary team building is our specialty.

We’ve hosted corporate and private events for 35 years. Tens of thousands of people have come into our kitchen, cooked together, and been awed by their own creations.

We educate, challenge, and reward our clients through hands-on cooking programs guided by our own chefs, well-versed in both classic and contemporary cooking.

Reach out to us and let’s discuss your needs. We’ll be happy to create an event specifically designed for you.


Suzi O’Rourke
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Who is Suzi?

Suzen is the Owner of Cooking by the Book. A native New Yorker, Suzen was born with a passion for food. In 1989, Suzen found herself in Tribeca, the historic food center of the city, with a gigantic kitchen. She applied her love of teaching, her knack for organizing people and her passion for excellent food to create Cooking by the Book.

Now she has shifted locations just three miles to the famed De Gustibus space in Macy’s Herald Square. Suzen is ready to offer more kitchen experiences and signature meals ideas. The fun and the flavor of Cooking by the Book are even better.

Suzen, a teacher through her entire career, excels at planning both corporate events and private parties. She pioneered culinary team building and is still expanding her ideas to make the kitchen your favorite classroom. With her enthusiasm, Cooking by the Book has become the leader in culinary outward bound activities.

What is De Gustibus?

For over 40 years, De Gustibus Cooking School by Miele has hosted over 1,500 of the world’s greatest chefs, sommeliers, TV food personalities and culinary artisans. Located on the 8th floor of Macy’s Harald Square, the De Gustibus Cooking School by Miele is a marvelous space for chef demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes. The new De Gustibus kitchen was designed in collaboration with Cooking by the Book to offer you the perfect environment for hands-on culinary events.