Solar Cooking
Last edited: 7 January 2020      

Jim La Joie

The ASSC Advantage. Capturing the first morning sun

ASSC focused at 85º solar elevation

Jumbo ASSC and 3 regulars catching November Sun

The All Season Solar Cooker

Since 2008, inventor Jim La Joie has built and shipped the All Season Solar Cooker to interested solar cooking agencies and individuals. Cookers have been sent to The Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Japan, Niger, Mexico, Haiti, Micronesia, Madagascar and most recently, to the Indian alternative energy agency PRINCE. In several of these locations they will be used as a means to create jobs and provide a source for cooking and safe water.

Through his All Season Cooker website, Jim has reached out to 133 countries around the world. Visitors may view instructional videos, free plans and instructions for both the All Season Solar Cooker and the new All Season Solar Cooker 2017 (available on

Jim La Joie participates in the San Diego Solar Cooking Club meetup group which offers demonstrations and instructional workshops several times a year.

Although the web has been an oustanding outreach tool, it remains Jim La Joie's sincere hope that nonprofit organizations will use this invention to provide safe water, clean cooking, and economic opportunity to those in need.


  • January 2020: Jim La Joie offers 100 free solar cookers to individuals traveling to Africa - The cost of shipping the All Season Solar Cooker (ASSC) to Africa is far greater than any one person company can afford. The most reliable means of getting ASSCs to their intended destination in is to have them included as baggage for air travelers. Therefore, if you regularly travel to Africa or are planning a trip to Africa, please contact Jim regarding receiving an ASSC. He will provide the ASSC, boxed and ready to go. You will pay for shipping to your location in the United States (usually less than USD 15), and will take the ASSC package as checked luggage. You will work together with Jim to find an appropriate contact person in the country to which you are traveling. Email Jim La Joie...

All Season Solar Cooker 2.0

2017 All Season Solar Cooker

2017 All Season Solar Cooker holds two pots

  • December 2015: Great news: After nearly 10 years of trying to get an international aid agency interested in the ASSC design, we have finally been approached and have sent samples to Nairobi, Kenya. Our web site continues to be popular with readers from over 140 countries visiting each month. This past year we have discovered a number of unsolicited video reviews for both the manufactured and home-built versions of the ASSC. We could not be happier that users have honored the design with their video testimonials.
  • January 2013: Jim La Joie has provided an update for 2012. The San Diego Solar Cooking Club|San Diego Solar Cooking Meetup groupconducted six construction workshops and four solar cooking demonstrations during 2012. We have 303 members registered at our website Solar cooking demonstrations are offered at community green events (SanTree fest in Santee, Sustain LaMesa, San Diego Earth Day, and local schools. The building workshops involve from 10 to 20 students each building an All Season Solar Cooker for their personal use. During 2012 other like-minded groups became interested in the All Season Solar Cooker and have established links to the website and have begun conducting workshops of their own, using plans and information from the website. Group member Jim La Joie continues his outreach efforts via website, contacting users in over 140 different countries this past year. Most recently he donated cookers to a sustainability project in the dry forests of northern Peru.

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  • All Season Solar Cooker - All Season Solar Cookers are being sent to solar cooking agencies for the purpose of evaluation and possible adoption. Solar cooking agencies that are interested in receiving an All Season Solar Cooker, at no cost, should contact Jim La Joie via email.