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The Amateur Gourmet

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The Amateur Gourmet by Adam D. Roberts
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Sep 30, 2008 | ISBN 9780553384567

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“A fast track to culinary bliss.”—Frank Bruni, New York Times  

“Adam Roberts, the self-styled kitchen novice behind the popular blog amateurgourmet . . . has become a sort of Rachael Ray for young foodie urbanites.”Boston Globe

The Amateur Gourmet is Adam Roberts’ witty, engaging account of how he went from being a frozen-pizza-eating law student to a passionate home-cook and food writer. For anyone seeking to venture beyond toaster meals into the pleasurable world of sautéing and braising, Roberts is the perfect guide.”—Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook

“A funny little guide—thanks to Roberts’ comic timing and frequent kitchen flops—to savoring life’s flavor in pursuit of good eats.”New York Daily News 

“Amateurgourmet [online] is a food-world must read, offering an intelligent and witty view of food culture. . . . Now Roberts moves to the head of the table with his new book.”Denver Post 

“Adam Roberts is a delightful and compelling new voice in the food world. I’m a fan of his blog and am amazed to see how effortlessly and well his exuberant sense of food and cooking and the world translate to actual pages. What great company he is!”—Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie and The Reach of a Chef

“If you think foodies take themselves too seriously, you’ll love tagging along as Adam embarks with his friends on one challenge after another on the road to gourmet-hood. This is a funny, helpful companion for anyone who’s ever felt intimidated by the world of fine food.”—Clotilde Dusoulier, author of Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen

“Any one who’s ever understood that eating well and living well go hand in hand will relish this tale of one man’s personal food awakening. With humor and moxie, Roberts dives headfirst into the captivating world of food—from marketing to cooking to dining—to discover invaluable life lessons about appetite, culture, love and doing dishes. “—Molly Stevens, author of All About Braising

“Adam Roberts shares his step-by-step pursuit of becoming a true ‘gourmet’ with his inimitable wit and hard-won wisdom. From prepping pasta to dealing with the last dirty dish (and everything edible in between) follow Adam’s cleverly crafted journey from being an awkward amateur to a full-fledged culinary connoisseur.”—David Lebovitz, author of The Perfect Scoop and The Great Book of Chocolate

“Adam’s book is a knockout—great reading and great fun, packed with good ideas, even for an old time cook like myself. I love his failures and his triumphs. I love his good clear directions and his joy in discovering himself through food.”—Marsha Norman, playwright

“Sweet and smart and generously spirited, The Amateur Gourmet is a funny, honest gustatory coming of age saga. Like a lot of us who write about food, Adam Roberts discovered that the pleasures of the table and the kitchen really can save your soul.”—Ed Levine, founder of seriouseats online

“Charming . . . A kitchen travelogue . . . The book’s primary feature is its delight in learning something new.”Publishers Weekly

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