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Cookbook author and television personality Joanne Weir has enjoyed cooking in her adopted home of San Francisco for more than twenty years. Using her favorite city as a guide and source of inspiration in WEIR COOKING IN THE CITY: More than 125 Recipes and Inspiring Ideas for Relaxed Entertaining (Simon & Schuster; March 2004; $35.00), she invites city folk across America to discover the treasures in their own "mini food meccas."

In this companion book to her upcoming public television series, Joanne captures the culinary inventiveness, diversity, and charm of San Francisco -- qualities she has also found in cities from Boston to Seattle and beyond. At every stop, from her top spot in the original Chinatown for Shanghai noodles to a produce stand in the Mission district offering beautiful Mexican limes and bouquets of cilantro, she reveals what makes cooking in any great city an irresistible adventure.

Organized to follow the course of a meal, with lots of delicious anecdotes and engaging detours along the way, WEIR COOKING IN THE CITY serves up over 125 enticing recipes. Complemented by Penina Meisels' sumptuous full-color photographs, dishes include: Firsts, such as Rice Paper Shrimp Rolls; Salads, such as Roasted Duck Salad with Pecans and Pears; Soups, such as Tortilla and Tomato; Mains, from Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Mustard, Rosemary, and Capers to decadent Oven-Baked Penne with Wild Mushrooms and Fontina; Desserts, such as Panna Cotta with Raspberries and Warm Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Coffee Tart.

With her celebrated teaching abilities and hands-on approach in the kitchen, Joanne Weir shows today's busy city cooks how to entertain spontaneously and simply, without sacrificing sophistication. She shares her secrets and practical tips for getting the best cuts of meat and the freshest seafood, picking the best wine for a dish or making the dish fit a particular wine, putting a personal twist on ethnic recipes, and whipping up meals for a crowd in a tiny kitchen.

Certain to keep things cooking in San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, and other amazing cities, WEIR COOKING IN THE CITY is a cookbook for anyone who appreciates great food and relishes the opportunity to visit with Joanne Weir.

For more information about Joanne Weir's books, recipes, culinary journeys and public appearances visit

Weir Cooking in the City wins 2005 James Beard Foundation Book Award in General category!

Joanne on scooter in North Beach
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