About Jo

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jo-at-the-stampede-1-2My name is Joanna, Jo for short, and I am the brains behind my personal food blog Jo Cooks. I love to bake and cook and on this blog you’ll find all kinds of recipes, from super healthy to not so healthy. I’m the photographer, the recipe developer and the writer. I do it all here and love every minute of it. I’m a former software developer and through my love for cooking was able to change my career and focus on what I love doing the most.

I’ve been sharing my kitchen endeavors with my readers since 2011. Through the development of this blog, I have discovered not only my passion for cooking and baking but my passion for food photography. All the pictures you see here on jocooks.com have been taken by me and my husband.

My family and I moved to Canada from Romania when I was just a child, so some of the recipes you will find here are recipes that I’ve learned from my mother and mother in law and I’m more than happy to share them with you. Romanian cuisine is not very well known, so I hope to change that a bit here and hopefully turn some foodies onto enjoying Romanian cuisine.

Although I love my Romanian recipes, those are not the only recipes you will find on this blog. I love to try cuisines from all over the world, so if you’ve tried any of my recipes I’d love to hear from you.

Occasionally, I will bore you with pictures of my dog, whom I love dearly and is just my best friend in the world. Her name is Mia and she is a 10 year old beagle, who is the cutest beagle in the world. She is the biggest fan of my cooking and will pretty much eat anything you put on her plate. She watches me cook every single time and waits anxiously for food bacon to make its way on the floor. You never have a dirty floor with her around, that’s for sure. She’s a great cleaner upper.

If you’re looking for a recipe you may not find easily, please use the search bar in the top right hand corner or click on Recipe Index in the top menu.

Feel free to email me at info @ jocooks . com with any questions, or post a comment here or on any of the recipes.

If you love my recipes, feel free to use my images however you want. You do not need to email me for permission. The only thing I would appreciate back in return is to give me credit  for any work of mine that you would use, and ideally, link back to the original. 

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  1. Cynthia says

    Hi Jo, I just want to tell you how much I LOVE all of your recipes! I first found you by looking for a beef and broccoli stir fry recipe. Yours is the best! Since then, I’ve tried lots of others and they are all delicious. When I’m looking for a certain recipe, I check your site first and usually find it there. Your accompanying photos are beautifully done and soooo appetizing! Congratulations on the cookbook! I’ll look forward to purchasing it.
    Thank you so much for sharing your talent!

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