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Amateur Gourmet Adam Roberts Revealed as Semi-Pro in New Book

Serious Eats contributing editor Adam Roberts, (aka The Amateur Gourmet) has just published his first book, The Amateur Gourmet: How to Shop, Chop, and Table Hop Like a Pro (Almost). Although we are obviously biased here at Serious Eats, it's a damn good read. Sweet, smart, and generously spirited, the book is a funny, honest, gustatory coming-of-age saga. Most interesting, it's not just a collection of blog posts. In fact, Roberts takes his blog posts as a jumping-off point and weaves an engaging narrative. Think of it as a cozy, urban fooddunnit. Full disclosure: I wrote a blurb for the back jacket of the book because I genuinely like it. Roberts is doing what is apparently becoming (according to the... More

A Blind Date at Babbo

A few months ago, at the end of September, John Kessler--former food critic for the Atlanta Journal-Constiution and one of our nation's best food writers--e-mailed me. John and I met back when I lived in Atlanta. He wrote a really kind and thorough piece about me just when I was starting out (you can read it here; you have to register and then wither at the sight of my horrible picture (the photographer insisted on using a fish-eyed lens: never fall for that!)) and we've stayed in touch ever since. Last year he took me to a fashion show; more recently he e-mailed me after my Alain Ducasse post to warn me about compromising my integrity. (I haven't eaten... More

Service

Tonight I met Craig's mom and sister for the first time (they're visiting from Washington State) at one of my favorite restaurants, Prune. The reservation was for 8:30 and Craig and I arrived at 8 to have drinks at the bar. When Craig's mom and sister arrived (at exactly 8:30, perfectly prompt) the hostess told us that it'd just be a few minutes longer. We weren't seated until almost 9. But guess what? We didn't care! Why? Service! They were so nice about it. The hostess took our coats, our bookbags (mine was especially heavy because I just got my manuscript back from my editor with line edits!) and then helped make room for us at the bar. The... More

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