Text by Charles Miller
When Fine Cooking's consulting editor at large Joanne Weir isn't on the road leading culinary excursions or teaching cooking classes in Peru or Provence, you can find her in her home kitchen-classroom-studio in San Francisco, writing cookbooks (number 18 is in the works), taping her popular PBS television show Cooking Confidence, or making dinner for herself and her husband, Joseph.
Their Pacific Heights Victorian is personalized with souvenirs from their travels. Rugs, paintings, light fixtures, serving platters, and cookware from around the world help set a casual, warm atmosphere. Joanne's mega-watt smile and infectious laugh do the rest, whether she's welcoming friends, TV crews, or cooking students into her kitchen.
I traveled to San Francisco to see if a home kitchen designed to be both a classroom and a television set could offer design ideas for people who cook off-camera, and to see first-hand if Joanne could really spit-roast a leg of lamb in her fireplace without setting off the smoke alarm. The answer to both questions: a resounding "yes."
Enter the giveaway: Watch the tour, then leave a comment on Joanne's Must-Have Cooking Tools post for your chance to win the items (including a Vitamix Pro Series 500!) this cooking teacher gives an A+.