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

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

by Adam D. Roberts
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Amateur Gourmet: How to Shop, Chop and Table Hop Like a Pro (Almost) by Adam D. Roberts

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 Joël 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307481368
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/10/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,015,320
File size: 2 MB

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.

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Amateur Gourmet: How to Shop, Chop and Table Hop Like a Pro (Almost) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like a practical book that can also tell a story, and in this case, what a great story it is! The recipes enclosed in this book seem to be enjoyable, but they are not ones I would make for my family because A.' my family is ridiculously picky and won¿t eat lamb, French or Korean food, and B.' there are too many steps and ingredients for a busy single mom. At some point, however, I would like to attempt the spaghetti sauce, which I have never made from scratch, but for now, WHY SHOULD I?! HELLO?! RAGU! I picked this book up because it had a few recipes in it, but also, quite honestly, the cover was funny...a pile of onions with a wildly-dressed chef figurine standing in the middle of it, juggling knives. And his hands...they are greatly out of proportion...HUGE and CREEPY, actually. In this case, judging the book by its cover worked out great! The author didn't let me down. HILARIOUS at times, almost reminding me of David Sedaris. What I learned from this book: ¿ Build on what you know. ¿ Try new things. ¿ Get help from others. ¿ You WILL fail sometimes 'read: practice makes perfect'. Funny, funny, funny! Next, I need to take a look at his website. It's bound to be hilarious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago