Select recipes from my latest series, "Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence" are now available in the companion cookbook, DINNER MADE SIMPLE ! There are 100 main course recipes, suggested menus, techniques and so much more.

I get inspired to write recipes a few different ways...Often, the inspiration comes when I am traveling along the Mediterranean. When I eat at a restaurant anywhere in Europe, whether at a bistro in France, a tapas bar in Spain, or at a winemakers home in Italy, and I find a dish I like, I'll immediately write down the list of ingredients. Sometimes, if I'm lucky, the chef or cook will come out and share their recipe or special cooking technique with me! The seasonal ingredients at my local farmer's market in San Francisco always get my creativity flowing. We have such an incredible array of locally grown produce, and I usually end up buying much more than I can possibly cook in one day - I just can't resist. And then there's my TV shows. Every new season motivates me to come up with recipes that really help my students understand how much fun cooking can be!

Here you will find several of my favorite recipes, which are organized the way they are in my cookbooks: Firsts, Pizzas & Flatbreads, Salads, Soups, Mains, Sides, Desserts and Drinks.

Many of the recipes from my latest series, "Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence" are now available in the companion cookbook, DINNER MADE SIMPLE!  I included some bonus recipes, which will give you the confidence to create more tasty meals. There are 100 delicious and easy main course recipes, suggested menus, techniques and so much more. I have also shared several of the recipes here, on my website.

Select recipes from my PBS series "Joanne Weir's Cooking Class" are available at You can also get all of the recipes and episodes from this series on a 4-disc DVD set.

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Albondigas - Tiny Spiced Meatballs with Tomatoes
Asparagus Cheese Puffs
Braised Artichokes Stuffed with Sausage and Mushrooms
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Chorizo Hand Pies
Creamy Parmigiano Reggiano Flans with Tomatoes
Crostini with Fennel Sausage


Celebration Pizza with Smoked Salmon and Caviar
Pizza With Parsley and Shaved Parmesan Salad
Summer Vegetable Flatbread


Fig and Blueberry Salad with Creme Fraiche and Prosciutto

Basic Recipe for Grilled Potatoes

Chez Panisse Garden Salad with Garlic Croutons
Grilled Chicken Salad with Sweet and Hot Peppers, Olives, and Capers
Grilled Potato Salad with Grainy Mustard, Cornichons and Crisp Prosciutto
Middle Eastern Bread and Summer Vegetable Salad


Asparagus Soup with Lemon Creme Fraiche
Bourride with Aioli
Golden Gazpacho with Drunken Prawns
Oven-Roasted Beet Soup with Watercress
Rich Homemade Chicken Stock
Rich Homemade Veal Stock
Spicy Mussel Stew with Tomatoes and Basil


Agnolotti with Fontal, Fontina, Butter and Sage
Beef Tenderloin Rolled with Spring Greens
Braised Beef Ragu in Two Courses
Crisp Salmon with Green Herb and Caper Sauce
Linguine with Goat Cheese and Arugula
Paella with Chicken, Shellfish and Chorizo
Penne with Tomatoes, Spicy Fennel Sausage and Cream
Risotto with Fava Beans, Asparagus and Peas


Boston Baked Beans
Corn Bread
Golden Fennel
Golden Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary and Olive Oil
Sauteed Spinach with Lemon and Pine Nuts


Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie
Blueberry Upside-Down Cake
Blueberry Brown Butter Tart
Coco Loco Tequila Cupcakes
Crispy Pear Tart with Soft Cream
Citrus and Cinnamon Crema Catalana
Cognac Ice Cream and Chocolate Truffles
Little Lemon Cakes with Soft Cream
Mom's Best Chocolate Cake


Italian Lemon "Milkshake"
La Paloma Cocktail
Prado Cocktail
The Margarita