Table Talk with Caprial and John Pence

Sit down for a question-and-answer session with this cooking couple.

Team Up in the Kitchen

John Anthony Rizzo

 With whom would you like to cook? 
John: My grandmother, who died several years ago and whom I miss terribly
Caprial: James Beard

 Whom would you like to have cook for you? 
John: Mick Jagger, because it would be fun-probably not very good food, but fun
Caprial: Our friend Naushab in New York. He is Pakistani and has always promised to cook for us, but there is never enough time when we visit.

 Who was/is the most influential person in your life? 
John: Caprial
Caprial: John, and also my parents

 What does your kitchen lack that you would like to have? 
John: A bigger dining area
Caprial: A walk-in pantry

 What's your most indispensable tool? 
John: My grill
Caprial: My chef's knife

 What's in your refrigerator right now? 
Lots of mustards, Asian condiments, milk and juice for the kids, different cheeses, eggs, butter, truffle butter, apples, and a few vegetables

 What are your top three pantry staples? 
Salt, olive oil, and cheese

 What is your favorite indulgence? 
John: A good doughnut or maybe potato chips
Caprial: A corn dog once a year at the state fair

 What do you crave when you're sick? 
John: Tomato soup with buttered croutons on top
Caprial: A soft-boiled egg on toast if I've had the stomach flu, hot-and-sour soup if I've had a cold

 What have you eaten that you never want to eat again? 
Both: Sea urchin roe. I's a texture thing.

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