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

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Cooking - 224 pages
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As a self-taught chef and creator of The Amateur Gourmet website, Adam Roberts knows the challenges you face in bringing fresh, creative homemade meals to the table without burning down the house or bruising your self-esteem. But as he shows in this exciting new book, the effort is worth it and good eating doesn’t have to be difficult. To prove his point, Roberts has assembled a five-star lineup of some of the food world’s most eminent authorities for your culinary education.
In this illuminating and hilarious “Kitchen 101,” Adam Roberts teaches you how to bring good food into your life. 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 accompany the intrepid author as he dines alone at L’Atelier de JoŽl Robuchon in Paris.

From how to chop an onion to how to cook a seven-course meal that dazzles your friends, Roberts shares the skills you need to overcome your food phobias, impress your parents, woo a date, and create sophisticated dishes with everyday ease.

Packed with recipes, menus plans, shopping tips, and anecdotes, The Amateur Gourmet provides you with all the ingredients for the foodie lifestyle. All you need is a healthy appetite and a taste for adventure!

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User Review  - Mad.River.Librarian - LibraryThing

Underwhelming, uninspired, and a bit too much navel-gazing for my taste. There is a plethora of cooking memories on the shelves: this one just feels under-cooked. Read full review

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User Review  - dms02 - LibraryThing

This book follows the writing that can be seen at Adam's blog. I loved how the chapters were broken down. The recipes included were good ones that I have ear marked to try. Having read his blog since ... Read full review


ONEStart with Spaghetti
TWOMaster the Market
THREEExpand Your Palate
FOURCross Cultures
FIVEFear Not the Knife
A Quick Examination of Dianas Psychology
SIXCook for a Date
Wear What You Want
Share Your Food
Be Intelligently Critical
Eat Until Youre Full
Know Where Youre Eating
Dont Order One from Each Column Unless You Want To
NINEDine Alone

SEVENCook for Your Family
EIGHTFine Dine like a Professional
Be a Regular
Ask for Help
Know Your Hunger
AFTERWORDDo the Dishes
A Final Recipe
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About the author (2008)

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.

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