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This months conversation: Oregano: it’s not just for Italian cuisine!

Cooking Conversations – May 2024 Topic

Associated with love, protection, purification, healing, and happiness, and steeped in religious tradition and myth, this ancient herb has seen it all!

The use of oregano for health and healing has been documented as far back as the times of ancient Greek and the Roman empire. Today we use it in sauces, stews, and salads. We use it fresh, dried, powdered in capsules, and as an essential oil. Bring your questions and comments to share with Danielle Cook, MS, for a Cooking Conversation about this remarkable plant. Wednesday, May 8 at 3pm.


Danielle Cook, MS, is a holistic nutrition professional, educator, and pioneer of outstanding health programs. After her son’s cancer diagnosis at age 11, she launched herself into better understanding which foods might best help him during treatment and then, as a cancer survivor, for life beyond. She is the founder and director of Happily Hungry, a nutrition program for children affected by cancer and chronic illness.

In addition, Danielle has been presenting regular cooking demonstrations for other venues, including the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC, Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD, The Children’s Inn at National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, and Life with Cancer Center in Fairfax, VA, and virtual presentations for Around Town DC/IONA.

Her first book, Happily Hungry: Smart Recipes for Kids with Cancer, was released in 2012. She has appeared on the Today Show, CNN with Sanjay Gupta, NationSwell, France24 News Network, WTOP radio, and NPR-Boston. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Clark University in Worcester, MA, completed her masters of science in Holistic Nutrition at Hawthorn University, and is a graduate of the Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD, with a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Culinary Health and Healing. Danielle lives in Washington, DC.

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