3rd March 2015
Interview: Adam Park
Photographs: James Scheuren
Herradura tequila »
According to Jack, this is the best widely-available tequila on the market. If you want something a bit more special, he recommends the Don Julio 1942 (buy). “It has vanilla and all the tones of a really good Scotch.”
Also known as a German turnip, these are a big feature in Jack’s garden. “Great for pickling, pureeing, or shaving and adding to salad.”
“This is a cross between an apple and a potato. It’s a Mexican vegetable, doesn’t grow in many places but it’s well worth tracking down.”
Cast iron skillet »
“An invaluable part of any kitchen. You need to love it though, and season it properly.” – Jack
“You can use a regular brick covered in foil. It’s great for getting crispy skin on your chicken.”
“A kitchen essential.”
“Basically a Mexican version of a mortar and pestle, but it’s made of stone, and it’s big! This is Texas, after all.”
From Emeril’s Kitchen, Emeril Lagassi »
“I own all of his books. He’s probably the coolest cat on the planet. He made it fun again, and inspired a lot of proper cooks.” – Jack
Prune: The Cookbook, Gabrielle Hamilton »
New cookbook from the acclaimed New York restaurant, written by the author of terrific kitchen memoir Blood, Bones and Butter.
The Texas Food Bible, Dean Fearing »
A Texan chef known as the father of southwestern cuisine. This is Jack’s bible.
The New Texas Cuisine, Stephen Pyles »
Another legend of Southwestern cuisine, Pyles takes a more contemporary approach to the region’s food.
Inside Roger Phillips’ Kitchen – The master of mushrooms on his favourite vegetable, a divisive kitchen gadget and his two most prized food books
Inside Erwin Gegenbauer’s Kitchen – Vienna’s “vinegar pope” on two revelatory types of wheat, a brilliant alternative to olive oil and his favourite Austrian wine
Inside Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Kitchen – The pioneering bar owner on an amazing green tea with toasted rice, some crazy-looking champagne glasses and two cocktail books that inspire him