Cook Book Corner
Award-winning cookbook author, Joanne Weir
Joanne Weir is a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, cooking teacher, chef and public television personality. Joanne is the host of "Joanne Weir's Cooking Class", a 26-part cooking series currently airing on public television. I interviewed Joanne about Jewish cooking for the Union-Tribune and have been a fan ever since. One day soon, I will join her for one of her week-long culinary journeys to Provence, Tuscany, the Piedmont, the Veneto, Italian Riviera & Cinque Terre, Seville and La Rioja or for a hands-on cooking courses in her professional kitchen in San Francisco. If you have a hankering for agave, rush out and get Joanne's newest book. Here is what she has to say:

TEQUILA: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites (Ten Speed Press, 2009)
My new book is all about tequila and will be officially released on Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) in 2009! I had so much fun researching and writing this reference book - tasting all the different brands of tequila, visiting Jalisco, Mexico to see the agave fields and learn how tequila is produced, meeting the bartenders and mixologists around the country who contributed cocktails, and of course coming up with my own cocktails and recipes!

TEQUILA features more than 35 of my own cocktail creations as well as contributions from some of the top tequila bartenders in the country. Cocktail recipes include classics like the Sangrita and La Batanga and novel variations like the Cable Car No. 2 and the Surly Temple. There are also more than 20 tequila-infused sides, mains, and desserts, from Gazpacho with Drunken Prawns to Bay Scallop Ceviche to Tequilamisu.

  Travel with Joanne on one of her epicurean tours
Culinary Tours Overview
Tuscany, Italy
Piedmont, Italy
Veneto, Italy
Italian Riviera, Italy
Provence, France
Seville, Spain