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

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

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"Tender, wry, passionate, truthful. To read Hesser's prose is to hunger for more."—Nigella Lawson
Life in the city, love, and unforgettable meals—can a food writer find happiness with a man who has an empty refrigerator? Amanda Hesser's irresistible book is the tale of a romance where food is the source of discovery, discord, and delight—a story

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"Tender, wry, passionate, truthful. To read Hesser's prose is to hunger for more."—Nigella Lawson
Life in the city, love, and unforgettable meals—can a food writer find happiness with a man who has an empty refrigerator? Amanda Hesser's irresistible book is the tale of a romance where food is the source of discovery, discord, and delight—a story of universal desires: good food, great company, and a mate.
At each stage of her courtship—from her first date with "Mr. Latte" (a near-disaster) to her first uneasy dinner at his parents' home, from intimate suppers in her Upper West Side apartment to his first attempt at cooking for her—Amanda supplies menus for the meals they share: more than one hundred well-balanced and well-seasoned recipes that will leave you satisfied yet wanting more.
With warmth and honesty, Amanda shares her feasts and foibles, triumphs and near-misses, tense encounters and good times in the kitchen and beyond. Her humorous, sensuous tale leads us date by date, recipe by recipe, to a jubilant conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
“Charming and smart.”
Christian Science Monitor
In a category all its own...weaves inviting recipes into delightful first-person prose. [Hesser] is abundantly talented.— John Edward King
Gentry
Mark my words, [Hesser] is food writing's Next Big Thing, joining...M. F. K. Fisher, Ruth Reichl, [and] Laurie Colwin.— Christine Van De Velde Luskin
Boston Phoenix
A reach as wide as Emeril Lagasse, sex appeal on par with that of TV-chef-cum-temptress Nigella Lawson, and a literary voice likened to that of M. F. K. Fisher.— Nina Willdorf
Epicurious.com
A totally lovable book, a kind of Bridget Jones for foodies.— Irene Sax
John Edward King - Christian Science Monitor
“In a category all its own...weaves inviting recipes into delightful first-person prose. [Hesser] is abundantly talented.”
Nina Willdorf - Boston Phoenix
“A reach as wide as Emeril Lagasse, sex appeal on par with that of TV-chef-cum-temptress Nigella Lawson, and a literary voice likened to that of M. F. K. Fisher.”
Irene Sax - Epicurious.com
“A totally lovable book, a kind of Bridget Jones for foodies.”
Christine Van De Velde Luskin - GENTRY
“Mark my words, [Hesser] is food writing's Next Big Thing, joining...M. F. K. Fisher, Ruth Reichl, [and] Laurie Colwin.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393325591
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/19/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
382,066
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Hesser has been a food columnist and editor at the New York Times for more than a decade. She is the author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook, the award-winning Cooking for Mr. Latte and The Cook and the Gardener, and editor of the essay collection Eat, Memory.
Hesser is also the co-founder of food52.com. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Tad Friend, and their two children.

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Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship with Recipes 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
RitaFz More than 1 year ago
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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SimoneB More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.