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Art can be found in all aspects of life.

There are the basics visual art, performance art, fine art as well as culinary arts and the art of entertaining.

Susan Odell is an expert on the latter two. She is a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu School of Cooking and the founder of the website that teaches home cooks an array of easy, but elegant dishes.

Odell will give the free Art Talk this month at the Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m.

She will give tips on how to make simple meals look beautiful on the plate and on the table.

"I will also offer suggestions about garnishes, platters and colors," Odell said during an interview with The Park Record. "Then I’ll take briefly about entertaining, and show that you don’t have to kill yourself while preparing everything, so you can enjoy the party, too."

Odell started cooking while living in San Francisco a few years ago.

"I used to work in investment management at a high-stress job in San Francisco," she said. "I traveled a lot and needed a hobby to take my mind off work when I got home."

So, she began taking night cooking classes.

"I loved them," she said. "I had read a book, ‘A Year in Provence’ by Peter Mayle, and it was about going to these local markets in France and finding delicious breads, cheeses and wines and making simple foods. That really got me excited about cooking."

Odell’s goal was to learn how to entertain guests and make food that tasted good.

"That felt like a great lifestyle for me, and I didn’t start to cook at all until I was 35, because when you live in a big city, you can eat anything, anywhere at anytime," she said.

Soon afterwards, Odell and her husband moved to Australia for business reasons and she found a Le Cordon Bleu school of cooking had just opened in Sydney.

"I kept going and ended up completing the full program and got my diploma in 2000," she said. "That meant I needed to finish in the London or Paris school, so I went to London for three months to get the degree, and that committed me and got me more excited about food."

After graduating, Odell did some catering and worked in a bakery for a while, before finding her true love teaching.

Three years ago, she established , which helps get her classes to more people globally.

" that time, I had been holding live cooking classes and spreading the word about how important cooking is in the home as to getting the family back together, eating well and eating healthily," she said. "Since moving to Park City seven years ago, I have taught cooking classes at No Place Like Home and in Salt Lake for the University of Utah’s Lifelong Learning program.

"The website has taken years of presentations and cooking demonstrations and specific food knowledge and putting those things on the web for everyone to enjoy," Odell said.

The Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., will present an Art Talk by culinary artist Susan Odell, on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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