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Cooking for Mr. Latte is a delightfully modern dating story, recipes included. It's the true story of the courtship between Amanda Hesser, a food writer for The New York Times and author of the award-winning cookbook The Cook and the Gardener, and writer Tad Friend, the titular Mr. Latte. Most of the book was written in installments for the New York Times Magazine, but fans of Hesser's writing will be happy to know that there are plenty of new stories and recipes to justify picking up the book version. Her tale ends happily ever after, but has enough ups and downs to keep it interesting. And it's not all about Mr. Latte. Ever wonder what it's like to eat out with foodie guru Jeffrey Steingarten? Chances are you guessed wrong.
Food is an important aspect of Hesser's life (though it wasn't for Mr. Latte when they met, making for some of the downs in the ups and downs), but it's not until you notice how seamlessly Hesser weaves her meals into her story that you realize how much of our lives and our memories revolve around food. By the time you get to the recipes, you've already salivated over the dishes and become emotionally attached to them. From her mother's Chocolate Dump-It Cake to the Ginger Duck her future mother-in-law made the first time they met, you'll love that Hesser pays such close attention and generously shares the recipes. Filled with everything from old-fashioned treats from her grandmother's kitchen to dishes from some of New York's hottest dining spots, this is one entertaining read that is sure to end up in your kitchen. --Leora Y. Bloom --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Charming and smart. (New York Times Book Review)
In a category all its own...weaves inviting recipes into delightful first-person prose. [Hesser] is abundantly talented. (John Edward King - Christian Science Monitor)
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 - Boston Phoenix)
A totally lovable book, a kind of Bridget Jones for foodies. (Irene Sax - Epicurious.com)
A delightful read for any food lover. Full of wonderful recipes. Amanda Hesser writes a funny, enjoyable chronicle of her romance with "Mr. Latte". Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sandy in VA.
When you just look on the recipe index it may seem not much of an interest, but when you start to read it - it so much more and it's enrich anyone interested in the Art of Cooking.Published 18 months ago by elena zaltsberg
A bit of a sense of humor plus recipes plus prose... You really get a look inside the head of a food critic, and how she lives and thinks. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Kolika Kirk
thank you for sending this to me so quickly. it was in perfect condition and i'm halfway through it. great read and i'm sure every customer you've had is satisfied like myself :)Published on July 29, 2009 by Laquisha Hill
Adapted into a book from her columns, I wish there could have been more fresh writing. There is a storyline, but the plot and the insights are far too light for someone who is... Read morePublished on July 15, 2009 by E. Manangan
I'm no foodie, but that didn't keep me from loving this book. Hesser has a clean, effortless way of writing that's enchanting. Read morePublished on September 29, 2008 by Kate Chopin
Cooking for Mr. Latte traces the developing true-life romance between an obsessive foodie and her boyfriend, who takes what he puts in his mouth (and when) far less seriously than... Read morePublished on August 5, 2008 by George Eliot
I bought this book three years ago and I never get tired of reading it. I have cooked several of the recipes and have rarely been disappointed. Read morePublished on April 20, 2008 by E. Tracy