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
  • Getting a Microwave After Twenty Years
    18 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 3
    Hey A.G. newsletter people, Sometimes I get a bee in my bonnet, especially when it comes to cooking. I’m not sure where the bee came from this time around — maybe it was seeing a David Chang mashed po...
  • Confessions of a Former Coffee Shop Squatter
    14 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 14 4
    Hey Thursday friends, Today I’m writing about a subject near and dear to my heart: coffee shops. If you’ve known me in real life over the past fifteen to twenty years, you’ll know that I used to spend...
  • The Only Way to Sear Salmon
    11 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 6
    Hey everyone, The other day I was watching America’s Test Kitchen on the PBS app (we got rid of our cable, which has been totally fine with the help of Hulu Live, which lets me watch Jeopardy and Ina)...
  • On Not Drinking
    07 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 11 3
    Hey there Thursday friends, If you listened to today’s podcast, where my parents talk about losing sixty pounds each during the pandemic, you’ll learn that I’m on a quote/unquote “diet” and that one o...
  • The Steakhouse of Your Dreams
    04 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Hey there, My parents are visiting — again! — and that means more exciting culinary destinations. If my parents had their druthers, they’d probably want to eat at the same restaurants every time they ...
  • Can a Beet Really Taste like Lemon Pledge?
    30 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 8 5
    Hey there Thursday friends, If you haven’t read it, take a moment to read Pete Wells’ expertly written review of Eleven Madison Park in New York (NYT). Truly, it’s a masterclass in restaurant criticis...
  • Oysters and Lobster Rolls
    27 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 3 4
    Hey everyone, Craig and I had a spontaneous date night on Saturday when we took Winston to the Silverlake dog park. Instead of walking back to our car, we walked down Silver Lake Blvd., to one of our ...
  • My Favorite Fall Recipes
    23 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hey Thursday friends, Okay, let’s accept it: it’s fall. Today’s September 23rd, and even though it was 97 degrees here in L.A. yesterday (!), I’m ready to shift gears. I made a pretty unimpressive pan...
  • Hummingbird Cake! 🐦🎂
    21 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 7 0
    Hey there, I cooked up a storm this weekend because three of my friends (Ryan, Harry, and J) had birthdays and I promised them all a birthday dinner (I’m the nicest). Of course, when making a birthday...
  • Dinner at Bicyclette
    16 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    Hey there Thursday friends, On Tuesday night, Ben Mims, Craig, and I went to one of L.A.’s HOTTEST new restaurants. Or, in more classy terms, one of L.A.’s most anticipated restaurant openings. (Bette...
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