The Amateur Gourmet Newsletter

Adam Roberts
Recipes, restaurant reviews, and links to the best food stuff on the web every Monday and Thursday.
Created 04 Jan 2021
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  • Meals Are About the People, Then the Food
    30 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 1
    Hey paid subscribers, Last night I found myself in New York City without a dinner plan. After being smitten with my lunch date, Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen at Thai Diner, I took a train up to the ...
  • New York, So Far
    26 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 6 1
    Hey everyone, Live from New York… it’s me! I’m writing to you now from an apartment in Williamsburg where Craig’s been staying while shooting the tenth episode of the new iteration of Gossip Girl (now...
  • I'm a Slow-Cooked Green Bean Convert
    22 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 4
    Hey paid subscribers, I recently was the recipient of a box of vegetables grown by my neighbors, Chef Jeremy Fox and Rachael Sheridan, that included — among many other treasures — Romano beans, yellow...
  • My First Matzo Brei
    19 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Hey everyone, I was nervous titling this newsletter “My First Matzo Brei” because I worried that it was a lie — someone was going to dig into the archives of my blog and find a post called “My First M...
  • Planning a Trip via Restaurant Apps
    15 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 0 4
    Hello newsletter friends, I’m headed to New York next Friday (Craig is directing Gossip Girl there) and if you want to know how I’ve been spending my days leading up to this trip, it’s looking at the ...
  • A Summer Feast
    12 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 3 1
    Hey everyone, It’s feeling very summery in my kitchen right now. I went to Cookbook in Echo Park to buy some stuff for a dinner party last week and wound up buying the gorgeous tomatoes, dahlias, and ...
  • Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams
    08 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 1
    Hey paid subscribers, Robin Leach used to end every episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with the sign-off: “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” Well, last night I cooked dinner for the rich ...
  • Gitchie Gitchie Ya-Ya Meyer Lemon Marmalade 🍋
    06 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 5 1
    Hey everyone, My friend and neighbor Tony grows Meyer lemons in his front yard — we pass them often when we walk Winston — and the other day I had him over for dinner and he brought me THIS many lemon...
  • On Balance
    01 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 1
    Hey paid subscribers, If my life were a Billy Joel song, it would be “I Go to Extremes.” During the pandemic, I permitted myself to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and that meant potato chip...
  • Rainbow Cookies in the L.A. Times
    28 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 5 1
    Hey everyone, Well, it finally happened. I made my favorite cookie of all time, the rainbow cookie, the one that my mom always buys for me when I visit Florida and the one that I’ve been too afraid to...