When Bonnie Aeschliman was newly married, she worked as a legal secretary to help finance her husband’s graduate education. In return, he told her he would pay for a college degree for her.
“I had no intention of going to school,” said Aeschliman, who was at Bradford Memorial Library Wednesday evening to discuss her cookbook, “Cooking with Bonnie: From Farm to France” and give a demonstration. “I was being a homemaker and having a great time.
However, her husband encouraged her to enroll, and when she was 35, Aeschliman graduated with a bachelor of science degree in vocational home economics.
She later earned a master’s degree in foods and nutrition, and has taken culinary courses at the Culinary Institute of America and studied in Italy.
After working at a grocery store with a cooking school for a number of years, she taught Family and Consumer Sciences classes to students at Heights High School in Wichita. During this time, she also taught cooking classes in her home.
After retiring from Heights, she decided to open her own cooking school.
“Five years ago I opened Bonnie’s Place,” she said.
At Cooking at Bonnie’s Place, she offers a variety of cooking classes, an event space for private and corporate entertaining, team building classes and cookware for purchase.
On Wednesday evening, Aeschliman demonstrated how to make Mediterranean Layered Dip and answered questions from audience members.
For more information about Aeschliman or her cooking classes, visit www.cookingatbonnies. com.