No matter where you make your home, you can bring the pleasures of the wine country to your table.
Northern California is on the same latitude as many of the countries of the Mediterranean, and award-winning chef Joanne Weir's cooking embodies the vivid flavors of that region. In this book, Weir shares 150 new recipes from the second season of her acclaimed public television series, Weir Cooking in the Wine Country, presented with all the warmth, enthusiasm, skill, and flair that has made her a household name.
Weir's style of cooking and serving changes throughout the year, celebrating the bounty of the field, the orchard, the pasture, the river, and the sea with simple, boldly flavored dishes inspired by the freshest ingredients of the season. Enhanced by more than 45 color and black-and- white photographs, this spectacular volume explores the vivid and varied tastes of California with a feast of Mediterranean dishes that are certain to delight you with their exceptional flavors.
From starters to desserts, Weir has created a bounty of delectable recipes, expertly explained. A first course of Grilled Bread with Fava Beans and Escarole or Endive with Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions, and Fig Jam brings friends and family to the table. Creamy Fennel Soup chases the autumn chill, while Roasted Yellow Pepper, Corn, and Tomato Soup is the essence of late summer. Try the Stone Fruit Summer Salad when peaches and plums are at their juicy best, and the True Blue Salad on a cool evening. Main courses are deeply flavored: Chicken Rolled with Fontina, Prosciutto, and Sage; Braised Leg of Lamb with Artichokes, with Lemon and Garlic-Roasted Potatoes; Moroccan Spice-Dusted Salmon with Lemon Mint Yogurt. Tempting options for dessert include Double Chocolate Custard, Summer Cherry and Apricot Galette with Kirsch Cream, Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread, Polenta Shortbread, and Ginger Ice Cream with Chocolate-Covered Almonds. There are also suggestions for the right wine to pair with each dish.
Alice Waters chef, Chez Panisse, and author of Chez Panisse Café Cookbook As a cook, as a teacher, and as an author, Joanne Weir has never strayed from her firm and unassailable convictions-which I share-that cooking should be pure and simple and that ingredients should be pure and fresh. She knows Mediterranean cooking, she knows California raw materials, and she knows how they fit together. I am excited to learn that Joanne has returned for a second season to the California wine country, where these connections find full expression.
Madeleine Kamman author of The New Making of a Cook: The Art, Techniques, and Science of Good Cooking Joanne inherited a long past of work in the kitchen from her European and American grandmothers. The love she has for her work is visible in everything she does, in her television series, her teaching, and her book writing. She has been one of my most enthusiastic and successful students.
Chuck Williams founder, Williams-Sonoma, and coauthor of Williams-Sonoma Complete Entertaining Cookbook Joanne Weir is a very talented and popular cooking instructor and author. Her newest cookbook, Joanne Weir's More Cooking in the Wine Country, is a testament to her talent and expresses her love of food and creativity.