Hey there! Well you must want to know a bit more about me since you are here, so welcome to my corner of the internet. I’m Joanna Cismaru, Jo for short, and I am the brains behind my food blog Jo Cooks. I’m a writer, a photographer, a cookbook author (August 2016) and most importantly I’m the cook that prepares all these scrumptious recipes that you can find here. My husband, Remo, is the other force behind this blog, he’s the taste tester, IT genius, accountant extraordinaire and last but not least, my biggest supporter and pillar of strength.
In my previous career, I worked in the IT world doing software development, and while I enjoyed it, it was quite stressful. To relieve some of that stress, I always turned to cooking and baking, thus discovering my latest passion, and so this new “so-called” career evolved.
People ask me all the time, what sort of food I cook and blog about. The truth is, everything. I cook anything and everything, and well, we eat everything, and if my husband and I can’t eat everything, there are plenty of friends, family or neighbors who love to help us out. I, most of all, love simple recipes with few everyday ingredients that you can either find in your pantry, or are easy to find at your local grocery store.
I am totally self-taught when it comes to cooking, though I have to thank my mom for teaching me the basics. I must say that I enjoy baking more than cooking so you will find quite a few baking recipes here. While I’m not a fancy baker I do love my breads and rolls and the occasional cake or pastry.
I was born in Romania, Transylvania to be exact. My family moved here when I was just a child. While I can honestly say I’ve never met a vampire, I do love my garlic. Here you will also find some of my favorite Romanian recipes that have been passed down to me from my mom and mother in law.
If you love my recipes and would like more of my creations, you can find my cookbook 30 Minute One Pot Meals available for pre-order.
You can pre-order my “30-Minute One-Pot Meals” book at: