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Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship with Recipes

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  • Posted July 24, 2010

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    I Love this Book

    I picked up a used copy at the Paramus. NJ B&N store. I collect cookbooks but to have a story to go with each of the recipies is just the best. The book is a collection of short stories, and I just loved it.
    The nice thing is when you are done with the book you can go back and try some of the recpies.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Gentle amusement that will resonate with the single girl and food lover

    Courting a foodie is not always easy. However Hesser's self-depreciation in her food oriented world can give any single girl hope - that she will find a soul-mate who doesn't always share all her interests. At the same time there is enough for the food lover who enjoys well-written prose and insider musings on the food world. The characters are well-drawn and Hesser's love for her world shines through making this an up-lifting and easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2005


    Amanda Hesser has been hailed as the next great American food writer since MFK Fisher. That's probably fair, because Fisher was boring too. I don't think I've ever read the story of an engagement that came off as flat as Hesser's does. It may be some sort of desire to be Hemingwayesque, but her writing just doesn't convey any of the pizazz of cooking that keeps so many of us going back to the kitchen. The recipes aren't terribly interesting, either-- it's lemon zest and creme fraiche over and over again. Trendy, yes. Cookable, no.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2004

    Didn't Want It To End

    This is one of those books that I hated putting down, but would force myself to do so anyway because I truly didn't want the book to end. I'd read some of the recipes aloud to my husband and we'd both start to drool. I also found myself completely involved in the story of their relationship, their struggles, and their ultimate happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2003

    It must be me!

    This is an excellent read, but the recipes haven't turned out as delicious as I had hoped. Of course, Ms. Hesser/Friend would probably blame it on me or my ingredients. The choclote dump-it cake wasn't as great as I expected. I found her to be quite irritating towards the end of the book. Not just a food snob, but a snob snob. I didn't think they would ever get marry because Mr. Latte could't wash the dishes the way she liked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2003

    Go for this one!

    Am glad I read this book before reading the somewhat negative reviews. Comments quoted from Publishers Weekly etc. seem so off base, ignoring Hesser's light touch and sense of humor. Each chapter is fun, and just long enough to inspire a trip to the kitchen to try a new receipe (carefully written to inspire confidence in a novice while providing helpful hints for the most experienced cook). She is a fabulous writer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    what a wonderful book!

    I loved reading this diary/ recipe book and have tried a few recipes from it. The oven fried chicken was fabulous and there are many more recipes I cannot wait to try, like the dump it chocolate cake. This book is perfect, and is a combination of my favourite types of books: recipes with stories.

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