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John Spottiswood
John Spottiswood
Love cooking eating & sharing
San Carlos, CA (United States)
Joined January 15, 2008
Advanced Cook
All star, Top Photographer, Top Reviewer, 25560 CookEatShare points

About me

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!

Cooking Influences

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.

Comments

  • Lynda Rosdahl
    Lynda Rosdahl
    You and your loved ones all sound like wonderful cooks. I have several in my family also, a 2 daughters, Kim (Florida) and Dana (Minnesota) and 1 granddaughter Mercedes (Sadie) (North Carolina. Hope to try some of your recipes.
    • Ritz Martin
      Ritz Martin
      Thanks, John for the wonderful welcome.
      • Jon Donson
        Jon Donson
        I just signed up but can't wait to start adding my recipes.
        Thanks!!
        • Janet Perry
          Janet Perry
          Hello John!

          I am new to this site, but not to cooking, though I am not the greatest cook. I can not have spicy foods due to acid reflux/ulcer problem, so I use herbs to flavor foods.
          I don't have the cookbooks you do, but I do collect them. Do you have any recipes for baking? I love to do that.
          • Chris Edwards
            Chris Edwards
            Ty for the add and this site John, looks as if I will be learning and experiencing allot of good stuff on here :)
            • Billie Jean Lofton
              Hi John, I'm honored! I'm not the greatest cook but my mom was. I learned a lot from her so was not totally clueless when I married. So glad for her influence and really excited to have you follow me. Many of my recipes are not my own but I try to name them or give credit to the person who gave it to me. That is if I remember who. We have a wonderful food section every Thursday in the Morning Advocate here in Baton Rouge. I look forward to it every week. Thanks for being my "Food Friend".
              Billie Jean Lofton
              • John Spottiswood
                John Spottiswood
                So glad you joined Billie Jean! Can't wait to try a few of your recipes!
              • tony
                tony
                hey john im very new to this site and super new to cooking!! im 37 and im an artist, i natural feel cooking is an art that i would love to learn! so if you have any advice for me that would be great! im on a tight budget but from what i see and hear i can make great healthy food on the cheep! i wont have anything crazy on my page(profile) for a little while cause i latterly just started to cook two weeks ago! im my dads primary caretaker at the age of 83! so for now im starting slow and pretty basic, the first thing i made was a basic meatloaf! it came of ok it was edible not to bad i have some ideas on how to make of awesome so will see! this week i have chosen a chicken with fresh basil cream sause over rice! wish me luck! ;)
                • John Spottiswood
                  John Spottiswood
                  Hi Tony - sorry for the late reply. My best tip for eating healthy and cheap is...brown rice and dried beans & legumes. You can buy both of these in bulk so inexpensively! We always have a 25lb bag of brown rice (though we often mix it with white rice cuz our kids like that better) and usually dried lentils, chick, split, and black eyed peas, pinto, peruvian, black, red, cannellini, and kidney beans. You can make the rice and beans, with some onion, garlic, maybe tomato to complement, and have a little meat on the side. The rice an bean portion is incredibly healthy and inexpensive. The rice and beans also make great soups in the winter. Can't wait to try a few of your recipes and hope you'll enjoy mine!
                • Linda S
                  Linda S
                  Just looking at your recipes makes me want to go in the kitchen and start cooking!
                  So many I want to try, such a varied selection. Here's to cooking great food for those we love.
                  Cheers!
                  • John Spottiswood
                    John Spottiswood
                    Sorry for the late reply Linda. Thanks for the thumbs up on my recipes. I hope you enjoy them! Can't wait to try yours too.
                  • Shuly Karasin
                    Shuly Karasin
                    Hi Jhon,
                    Thanks for contacting me via email yesterday. I am looking forward to be sharing my recipes and try yours and other members as well.
                    I truly like the dynamic in your group.
                    Wishing you great success!!
                    Thanks again,

                    • LisaMcqueenReid
                      LisaMcqueenReid
                      Dear Mr. Spottiswood- This is a short and i hope sweet message from Lisa McQueen Reid, in Meaford, Ontario. Hi and how are you today? It was nice to hear from you! Please do not send me any recipes that involve using a grill. I don't have a grill and shave no intention of getting one. But easy and healthy pasta recipes are always more than welcome, as well as soup and salad recipes! Thank you very much, sincerely, Lisa.
                      • J. Gino Genovesi
                        J. Gino Genovesi
                        I am going to try this J. Gino Genovesi
                        • Marie Banks
                          Marie Banks
                          Thank you John for welcoming me.This is new to me but happy to follow you also
                          • Akinfe Ngozi Chinyere
                            Akinfe Ngozi Chinyere
                            Finding it difficult to post my recipes and am so sad. Tried several times. Someone help it's frustrating
                            • Garnetta McNair
                              Garnetta McNair
                              Hello, Thank you so much for following me. I, in turn, followed you as well. You are right, cooking with pride is the best helping of food prepared with love. All the best, Garnetta
                              • marionhalstead
                                marionhalstead
                                I am a widow 81 yrs old when i was young i lived with my grand mother and she taught me to cook we had biscuit 3 meals a day i got to where i was pretty goodwe baked cakes and pies after i got married i bragged about my biscuits and we brought flower and it was plain i never thought about the different types we were using self rising flour but my husband mom used plain flour i cooked the biscuits and they were hard as bricks of course after i got married i learned there were all kind of flour for cooking the next batch came out better when we got married my husband would mix macaroni and chili to gether i thought it was weird but now they have macaroni and chili in stores stores
                                • Dan
                                  Dan
                                  Hi John never did this befor. I love cooking on the charcoal grill, and cooking the stick to your rib foods in the winter.
                                  • Celia
                                    Celia
                                    You mention eating all kinds of different foods from different nationalities. But you didn't say anything about trying French Canadian cuisine. If I can I will give u a couple of recipes you might enjoy. Will contribute them when I get a chance.
                                    • Cheri
                                      Cheri
                                      French Canadian? Sounds intriguing.
                                    • Brandi
                                      Brandi
                                      I stumbled onto this site trying to find food ideas for my daughter who is on the Fiengold Diet and we basically have to make everything from scratch and I am not that great of a cook. Looking forward to trying different recipes and seeing how they turn out. I would cook easy open out of the box or can foods but since we can no longer do that I am finding the food taste much better and it a lot healthier. Now I just have to get new ideas because when you only learn a couple they get old fast. Thanks for friending me and for the website.
                                      • Gwenevere
                                        Thanks for the follow John! I look forward to sharing on here and exploring other cook’s recipes. I am 66-years-old with lots of cooking knowledge. I am not a chef, but I learned to cook from my mother and grandparents and my stepfather who was a navy chef. I have retired from the working world, but once owned a restaurant in Seattle, WA. I seem to work harder now than I ever did when employed or running a business! We moved to NY from Alaska, but we will return to Alaska for the summers and salmon fishing. We catch, smoke, and can salmon for our winter/annual supply of fish. I am not fond of Atlantic or farmed Salmon. We will also bring back some Alaskan Halibut. I love to entertain and cook. I will be having a late St. Patrick's dinner and will serve Bourbon Glazed Corned Beef with roasted vegetables. I also intend to serve the tried and true Corned beef, carrots, onions, potatoes and cabbage meal, so that they have a couple of choices. Some of our family members that are coming will bring the desserts! Oh, and of course, I will have Baily's and other traditional Irish drinks available! Well carry on! I am sure I will also fine other really great cooks to chat with on here as well.
                                        • J. Gino Genovesi
                                          J. Gino Genovesi
                                          John What is the criteria for being a top chef?
                                          • J. Gino Genovesi
                                            J. Gino Genovesi
                                            John. Check out Aaron's Guacamole. J.Gino Genovesi
                                            • mamatkamal
                                              mamatkamal
                                              Thank you for being my 1st follower.
                                              Cheers
                                              Mamatkamal
                                              • Monu Teena
                                                Monu Teena
                                                wow.. u like Asian foods hmm... i like your Bio :)
                                                • LisaMcqueenReid
                                                  LisaMcqueenReid
                                                  Dear John - Lisa Reid here- i am glad you are happily married! It is hard to get a good relationship these days! My kid sister in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is in a really good relationship herself, now, and now, she is the mother of three children! One of them, the youngest, really loves to eat healthy- one morning, he actually ate an entire bowl of beans sometime after he ate his breakfast! I guess he just has a good appetite! Also, he loves his broccoli! take care, i am looking forward to getting emails from you, and if you decide to give me your email address, i will not give it to anyone else. sincerely, Lisa.
                                                  • Bart Longwell
                                                    Bart Longwell
                                                    John, I am pleased to stumble onto this web site. Promise to get a prophile whipped up. The web format appears to be a perfect fit. cau... Bart longwell

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