The Recipe-Free Cook

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It’s unreasonable to ask you to buy a course without you having a clue what it will be like. So go ahead: take a test drive. Enjoy the first lesson from The Recipe-Free Cook without obligation.

This lesson—all about setting up your workstation and staying organized—is one of the most valuable in the course. If you decide not to purchase the course, I will still be proud to have shared this one thing with you. Please enjoy the Thai salad recipe and the hard-fought lessons I learned while working in professional kitchens.

Preview Lesson 1

When you purchase The Recipe-Free Cook, you will get this lesson plus 15 more. The course is designed to take place over 4 weeks, with you cooking a recipe 4 times each week. Every lesson contains a video between 7 and 25 minutes (totaling about 4 hours of video instruction), and most have a downloadable recipe PDF like this one to get you started/jog your memory.


Save Time

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After taking this course, you’ll be saving time for the rest of your life. When you learn the organization and preparation methods I teach, you won’t spend time second-guessing yourself or trying to learn new techniques in the middle of a recipe. Pair that with the confidence that every meal you make will be phenomenal, and you will almost literally be on fire.


Save Money

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Cooking your own food is remarkably less expensive than eating at a restaurant. If you’ve been grabbing prepared food, you can save $100 per week if you start cooking most of your meals! (Hint: this course pays for itself in less than 2 months.) Even if you buy the best ingredients, you will be spending way less than eating out. So go ahead and buy the most premium organic ingredients you can find; you’ll still be way ahead.


Share Love

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There’s something magical about sharing a home-cooked meal with the people you love. It communicates a genuine care that is unlike anything else. When you take the time to put love into the meal you’re cooking, it becomes a gift infused with humanity—something we’re pretty starved for these days. You can’t eat an Instagram post…


What They’re Saying


Mark was an incredible coach who celebrated my strengths, asked thought-provoking questions, made practical suggestions, and added tools to increase my culinary literacy. He coached me to actively engage in meal planning, knife sharpening, slicing, broiling, and seasoning techniques that helped me improve the flavor and texture of the foods I already love.

Mark also helped me think creatively about ways to use the fresh produce from my fridge and garden that I had been avoiding. Bingo. No more wasted mango, bell peppers, kale, or leftover yams. My kids and husband loved the way I was able to use these fresh items and tie them together with foods I had already prepared in my crockpot or stored in my freezer.


To anyone who wants to gain confidence and skill in the kitchen, improve the health of your meals, or add new enthusiasm and pizazz to your meal planning and preparation, do yourself a favor and get this course from Tabula!”

- Sarah :: Folsom, CA


As an experienced cook, I was doubtful that there would be enough to learn to make this course worthwhile. But as I went through each lesson, I picked up so many helpful tricks and new ways of looking at ingredients I have used for a long time. I also was introduced to new ingredients and cooking techniques—all in a way that was so approachable. I never felt intimidated to try the next new thing because Mark has such a down-to-earth way of teaching and talking about food. It’s obvious that teaching and cooking are his passion.


After completing the lessons on meat, I actually feel comfortable branching out and trying new cuts that look good at the grocery store. It’s nice to be able to cook delicious, healthy food that I really enjoy, and that my husband and son will eat too!”

- Emily :: Davis, CA