United States Chef
John Spottiswood Profile
Love cooking eating & sharing
I am happily married and a father of four. My wife Nancy does most of the daily cooking in our house, but I usually plan and cook one meal each week. I've spent 2 years living in Japan, and have a great appreciation for Asian food. My favorites are Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese, but I also enjoy Chinese and Korean. I spent time in the Indian town of Pune, and also love Indian food. I had wonderful food there cooked by Ekta Vengateri, a good friend. Still, French and Italian are probably my favorite cuisines, with Greek, Turkish and Moroccan food just a short step behind!
I originally learned to love food from my grandmother, Betty Carr Spottiswood. She had only a small number of dishes that she cooked, but she cooked them with pride, love and humility. No matter how wonderful her roast was, she'd always complain that it was too tough or too dry as we all gobbled it down happily!
Later, when I was about 14, I began to join my family friend and rugby coach, Pete Frichette, for dinner once a week. Pete is a true renaissance man--an architect, athlete, scholar, and passionate cook. I began to come over early to enjoy a glass of wine (a treat at age 17) and to help Pete prepare the meal. Pete taught me about fresh herbs, italian and french seasoning, wild game, root vegetables, and the wonders of homemade broths.
After my sisters and I moved out, my father David Spottiswood also became an avid chef. Every Sunday we congregate at his house and share the most wonderful meals. He is well traveled and as a result well versed in many cuisines. I have learned numerous wonderful recipes from him. Last but not least, my aunt Jeanne Templeman is an amazing cook. Many of my favorite family dinners, and most delicious meals, have been around her table.
- Essentials of Italian Cooking (Marcela Hazen)
- This book is a tour de force that will tell you everything you need to know about Italian cooking...
- The way to cook. (Julia Childs)
- If you are just beginning to learn French and European cooking, this book is a must. If gives you a
- Stews, Bogs, & Burgoos
- This is an offbeat book that I picked up at a book sale. However, it is a gem! Some of the best an
- Cooking with All Things Trader Joe's (Wona Miniati)
- I worked Wona and she's awesome. Also shop all the time at TJ's so this is very handy!
Chefs I recommend
- Mark Tabak (Sacramento)
- I've eaten a simple Posole with fresh quesadilla's at Mark's house. It was a simple treasure. Mark can make a wonderful dish out of the most common ingredients!
- Francesco Mazzi (Tokyo, Japan)