I've often dreamed of having a "Thai Mum" or "Italian Grandma" teach me about cooking and ingredients from a native cook's perspective. This summer I experienced five days of Thai cooking classes and Thai food eating nirvana in Oakland, CA. The Thai Food and Travel Cooking School offers week long intensive classes or a series of cooking classes taught by Kasma Loha-unchit. Kasma is a fantastic teacher. It is obvious she loves to share her gift for Thai cooking with her students. Under Kasma's gentle guidance and watchful eye, it really was like spending a week with your own "Thai Mum" learning her cooking secrets.