Mediterranean Cooking with Joanne Weir

By Kimberley Lovato

Confession:  I have a girl crush on Joanne Weir. Writer, James Beard Award winner, world-traveler, chef and restauranteur of the fabulous Copita Tequileria y Comida  in Sausalito, California, and a fan of France and Prosecco too? Swoon!

Joanne’s resume and food life read like a delicious travel novel (one I’d like to be a character in) that begins with young Joanne in the kitchen of her great-grandmother’s restaurant in Boston and moves through the decades and around our beautiful globe—from Australia to Thailand, and many passport stamps in between— with our main character Joanne teaching, writing a library of exceptional cookbooks, earning a Master Chef Diploma, getting a nod from Julia Child, winning a James Beard Award, and becoming an award-winning TV personality.  To put it into Cliff’s Notes speak summary —Joanne Weir is the bomb!

In her new public television series, “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence”, Joanne’s love of teaching brings her center stage. Her home kitchen is the classroom for each show as she works side-by-side with a student for a hands-on cooking lesson. The student and viewer learn how to easily prepare a wide variety of recipes, using the freshest and most seasonal ingredients available.  Recently, “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence” won the 2013 Taste Award for “Best New Series.”

Read more about her, buy her books, watch her show, read her recipes on her website—and Joanne, if you’re reading and you need an adoring assistant, on-air sidekick, or knife sharpener—call me!

Joanne Weir and her students during her one of her Mediterranean Cooking Classes in San Francisco | Photo credit: Michael Kagan

The Foodie Five

1.  What is your favorite food memory from childhood?

When I was a kid I loved going for picnics under the maple trees at my grandfather’s dairy farm in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. He served chicken salad sandwiches from the chicken he butchered. He made his own rolls and homemade mayonnaise and he always served the sandwiches with warm potato chips, the potatoes coming from his garden.  And for dessert, he churned homemade maple walnut ice cream using the maple syrup that he’d made in the spring.

2.  If you could cook in anyone’s kitchen, whose would it be and why?  

I travel so much; hence my favorite kitchen in the world is my own.

3.  No one is looking.  What is your secret food fetish?

I’m absolutely in love with potato chips. If I have them in my house they keep calling my name until I eat the whole bag.

4.   Fill In The Blanks:   “I’d like to see more ______ on restaurant menus and please, for the love of figs, go easy on the ______”

I’d like to see more fresh vegetables on restaurant menus and please, for the love of figs, go easy on the truffle oil.

5.  Congratulations, you have won Carte Blanche to dine in any city in the world! Where would you go and why?  

I’m a sucker for all the little tapas bars called bacaros in Venice.  I love to walk from one to another and taste all the small bites of food, called cicchetti.  This way of eating is so fun and the food is delicious.  Have a little glass of Prosecco and move on to the next one!

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Watch how to make a quick Salmorejo soup from Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence

Kimberley Lovato is a Lowell Thomas Award winning writer whose travel and food articles have appeared in national and international magazines. She prefers to discover the city, and the world, one bite or sip at a time. Read more Foodie 5 posts on her blog www.fluentinfabulous.com and www.kimberleylovato.com