“I’m shocked! I could eat this food every day. This is good. I mean this is really good. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t eat meat.”

­– Johnny Payne, Retired, Current Cancer Community Educator, Greenville, SC (CAG)






“Lunch was delicious. My wife will be happy with me”.
– Craig Brandhorst, Editor, USC Times, USC







“It’s terrific Columbia’s Cooking is emphasizing plant­based diets and cooking. There’s nothing like it in the area and many Columbia residents have dreamed of learning more about plant-based nutrition. I’m so happy someone with Trisha’s credentials, the new director, is working in Columbia. This is so exciting!”

           – Susan Siegel, Retired Speech and Language Therapist, NE Columbia, SC


“This is fantastic!” (In regards to our creamy mushroom gravy).

           – Kevin Kent (Meat Enthusiast), 55, Maintenance and Building Modification, University of South Carolina


“Thank you Trisha and Dr. Hebert for the v-e-r-y interesting presentation this afternoon at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute class at USC Bluffton.  Until today, I wasn’t convinced that a plant-based diet is for me. Now I’m encouraged to try and after watching your video “How to make 15 minute chile,” I made it with stuffed green peppers and had my husband – an avid meat eater, pronounce it wonderful.”

            – Jill Truitt, Bluffton, SC



“This food is good! I never thought I’d eat black­eyed peas without fat back in my whole life but I’m serious… this is SO good!”

            – Harriet Dreher, Retired Civil Service Worker, 69, Columbia, SC



Haley circle  “I had never had leafy greens in my smoothie before.”  “I asked for less cheese and extra lettuce on my burrito bowls now.”   “I made the black bean and corn dip (from class) for my roommates, and they ate all of it so I had to make more, it was so good!”  

            – Hayley Hewat, Australian Exchange Student






Kate circle




”I made the oatmeal raisin cookies (from the CC recipe packet) and they were amazing! Learning how to make banana ice-cream — life-changing.  The ‘treats vs daily desserts’ tip really resonated with me. Now I have gotten treats out of my house, and I can eat whole food “daily desserts” every day instead.”   

– Kate Olscamp, Grad Student, age 27




Nate circle“I ate a pear for the first time in my life in class and liked it.”     

– Nate Wichmann, Sophomore, Biology Major







“The banana ice-cream recipe was life-changing for me, I made it four nights in a row!  I tried dates for the first time in class too, and I really liked them!”  


– Kelsey Farrell, Nursing Student, age 21





“I ate oatmeal made with almond milk and raisins three times since last class.”  “I learned the difference between processed and refined foods.”


– McKenna, Exercise Science Major