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 of universal desires: good food, great company, and a mate.
At each stage of her courtship—from her first date with "Mr. Latte" (a ...

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Overview

"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.

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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393325591
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/19/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 722,489
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 13
1 First Date 17
2 Mr. Latte Has a Trick Up His Sleeve 24
3 His Turn 32
4 Cooking with Julia 38
5 Foodies' Face-Off 48
6 The Art of Dining Alone 57
7 A Tough Act to Follow 64
8 The Rooftop Party 72
9 The Man Who Made Me Eat Everything 79
10 Letting Go 84
11 A Safe Place 91
12 About Town with the Bon Vivant 98
13 Show Me, Don't Tell Me 105
14 Dinner When No One Wanted to Be Alone 113
15 Sunday Ritual 119
16 A Visitor from India 126
17 Peeling Away the Past 135
18 Hard Thoughts Soften over Dinner 143
19 When in Rome, Eat Oxtail Stew! 150
20 Heidi Saves the Day 157
21 A Reason to Cook 164
22 Commitment Issues 172
23 Dropping By 180
24 A Few or a Dozen Favorites 190
25 The Engagement Party 205
26 Fine Dining in the Sky 214
27 The Not-So-Secret Tapas Bar 221
28 Eastern Shore Interlude 229
29 Changing Places 238
30 Chez Who? 248
31 Momentary Lapses 257
32 Must Intervene 264
33 Guests in Our Own Home 272
34 Single Cuisine 285
35 Cooking, on Schedule 294
36 The Tart that Took a Year to Bake 305
37 And So to Wed 314
Index 325
Index to Recipes 330
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  • Posted July 24, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    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

    Overrated

    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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