The Amateur Gourmet: How to Shop, Chop, and Table-Hop Like a Pro (Almost) (Paperback)

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Self-taught chef and creator of the Amateur Gourmet website, Adam Roberts has written the ultimate "Kitchen 101" for anyone who's ever wanted to enjoy the rewards of good eating without risking burning down the house In this deliciously illuminating and hilarious new kitchen companion, Roberts has assembled a five-star lineup of some of the food world's most eminent authorities. The result is a culinary education like no other.
Learn the "Ten Commandments of Dining Out" courtesy of Ruth Reichl, editor in chief of Gourmet magazine. Discover why the New York Times's Amanda Hesser urges you never to bring a grocery list to the market. Get knife lessons from a top sous-chef at Manhattan's famous Union Square Cafe, and much more. Packed with recipes, menu plans, shopping tips, and anecdotes, The Amateur Gourmet provides you with all the ingredients to savor the foodie lifestyle. All you need to add is a healthy appetite and a taste for adventure.

About the Author

Adam D. Roberts has a JD from Emory University Law School and an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His website,, was named one of the Best Sites on the Web by PC magazine. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and is currently working on a novel. From the Hardcover edition.

Praise For…

"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 sauteeing and braising, Roberts is the perfect guide." —Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook

“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

"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

“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

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

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780553384567
ISBN-10: 0553384562
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: September 30th, 2008
Pages: 216
Language: English