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Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship, with Recipes Paperback – May 17, 2004
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“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)
Top Customer Reviews
The recipes are great, especially the "white" bolognese from the chapter about her visit to Rome. I made this recipe when it first appeared in the NYT for a dinner party, and got raves-- and promptly lost the recipe. Imagine my joy to find it here-- it made the price of the book well worth paying, even without the rest of the good recipes and enjoyable writing.
Now if she would only publish her winter fruit salad with Vanilla Syrup recipe!
The recipes are written in a casual, conversational style, probably much like those family recipes scribbled on the old 3x5 cards you probably still have in your kitchen along with your online digests and fancy cookbooks. Her recipes are like those on the cards, delicious, reliable and homey -- the ones you return to when you want comfort in the kitchen, not a "project". (Try the Meyer Lemon Linguine w/Creme Fraiche, the chocolate 'Dump-It Cake', Oven Fried Chicken, and the Beets, Apples and Ginger with Clementine Vinaigrette.)
Amanda Hesser shares with us her friendly, foodie persona and delivers recipes that transport us into her Grandmother's kitchen on the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay, a friend's place in Boston, and back to her apartment in NYC. Amanda Hesser highlights the joys of sharing good food with good company, even when that company is yourself (e.g. "single girl salmon").
I applaud Amanda Hesser for following her passion and making a career out of her love and interest in food. Rather than seeing her as pretentious, I see her as an inspiration.
If, however, you're after a carefully selected, varied, and compelling collection of recipes that are, all things considered, fairly easily executed, this is your book. I've tried many of the recipes in it, and all have turned out well. Many of her recipes have high butter and/or olive oil requirements, but I've found that they work just as well with half or even a third of the required amounts--basically, anything she wants you to saute, you can do with FAR less grease, and you're better off, taste-and-health-wise, doing so.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone who enjoys cooking and stories of personal experiences will very much enjoy this book. Short chapters with recipes matching the experience so it is easy to pick up for a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
For years I’ve had a weakness for food-oriented books that tell a good story and have intriguing recipes at the end of each chapter. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marilyn Murray Willison
I enjoyed Hesser's articles in the NYT years ago, but now wonder if I was just meaner and dumber then. Read morePublished 5 months ago by saltbagel
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 9 months 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 on April 4, 2014 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 Q
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