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The Amateur Gourmet Newsletter

Adam Roberts
Recipes, restaurant reviews, and links to the best food stuff on the web every Monday.
Created 04 Jan 2021
  • The Parents Are Here!
    03 May 2021 • 3 min read • 4 0
    Hey everyone, It’s time for the free monthly newsletter! And this is a fun one because after a year and a half of not seeing my parents (!) they’re here in L.A. and we’ve been living it up. Before we ...
  • Oscar Nachos
    26 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hey paid subscribers! In case you’re wondering why you’re getting two emails on Monday instead of one, I’m just pushing my blog and podcast to those loafers who aren’t in the cool club like you. You’r...
  • The Ultimate Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
    26 Apr 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    Hey everyone, I made the ultimate strawberry-rhubarb pie this weekend and it was such a huge hit, I decided to blog the recipe. CLICK HERE to read all about it! I mean, who could resist a pie like thi...
  • Soleil Ho on Lunch Therapy!
    19 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hey everyone, I’m so excited to share a NEW SEASON of Lunch Therapy with you! My first guest is none other than the James Beard award-nominated SF Chronicle food critic, Soleil Ho. In today’s session,...
  • My Spring Salmon Dinner
    19 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hey everyone, It’s hot out and the idea of braising anything or frying anything right now feels kind of gross to me. So I’ve been cooking light; well, cooking light for me. Check out the salmon dinner...
  • Ottolenghi's Black Lime Tofu with Spinach
    12 Apr 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hey friends, Can you believe that I’d never cooked tofu? I know, I know: it’s nuts, but it’s true. I guess I was never that big of a tofu fan? Just the idea of it sounded kind of mushy and bland? But ...
  • Fabulous Fava Bean Toast ✨
    05 Apr 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    Hey everyone, When I first heard Hannibal Lecter talk about “fava beans,” I always imagined them as some obscure, hard-to-find, European bean that pairs especially well with a census taker’s liver and...
  • Baked Ziti with Eggplant
    29 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hey friends, Remember last week (or was it the week before) when I made Alison Roman’s eggplant Parmesan in a cast iron skillet? I liked the recipe, but I liked the idea of using a cast iron skillet e...
  • Pasta with Ricotta and Meyer Lemon
    22 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    Hey everyone, Spring is here! In L.A., it feels like a bit of a cheat: winter never really gets that bad and then, suddenly, the pink trees are in bloom, it’s too hot for sweatshirts, and you’re trans...
  • Brown Butter Citrus Cake
    15 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    Hey everyone, It’s raining here in L.A. and I’m loving it. Life here sometimes feels like The Truman Show, especially during quarantine, with the same blue skies, same manicured lawns, same “good morn...
  • Cauliflower Nachos
    08 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hey everyone, You all watch the Oprah interview last night with Harry and Meghan? I found it fascinating, especially after watching all of The Crown in quarantine. My goal is to get eggs from Archie’s...
  • Lamb Burgers with Tzatziki
    01 Mar 2021 • 3 min read • 1 1
    Hey everyone! If you’re a monthly subscriber, we haven’t spoken since the start of February. There’s so much you’ve missed! In Feb. 8th’s newsletter, I shared the technique for the oatmeal that we eat...
  • Everything That I Ate On My Birthday
    22 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hey friends, This past Thursday was my birthday (no gifts, please!) and, as I always do on my birthday, I celebrated by eating lots of food. The day began with a walk to our local bakery, which happen...
  • Nutella Swirl Banana Bread
    15 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hey everyone! We hit a quarantine rut last week: both of us felt a bit depressed, being so close to getting a vaccine and yet still so far away. Craig went for a long drive to Malibu and I played Zeld...
  • About That Salmon
    09 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 1
    Hi loyal subscribers, Yesterday’s newsletter promised a “salmon bowl” in the subheading and then I forgot to tell you about it. So: here it is. It’s more of a salmon plate: I cooked rice in the rice c...
  • The Oatmeal That We Eat Every Day
    08 Feb 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 4
    Hey there, loyal subscribers— This is the first “paid only” newsletter and if you’re reading this right now, I’d like to thank you so much supporting my efforts here by paying to read these words. I p...
  • Salmon and Broccoli in Twenty Minutes
    01 Feb 2021 • 4 min read • 4 2
    Hey gang, Before we get to this incredibly easy and tasty salmon and broccoli dinner, I want to remind you that this is the last FREE Amateur Gourmet newsletter you’ll get until the first Monday in Ma...
  • Hacking Ina's Lemon Bars
    25 Jan 2021 • 4 min read • 5 1
    Hey everyone, Before we get to this week’s newsletter and the best lemon bars I’ve ever made, some administrative stuff first. I’ve been trying to figure out the fairest way to set up paid subscriptio...
  • How I Revived My Sourdough Starter
    18 Jan 2021 • 3 min read • 7 4
    Hey everyone! Well, here we are: the last week of Donald Trump’s presidency and we’re still stuck at home, waiting to get vaccinated and to rejoin the world of the living. I’m very hopeful — especiall...
  • Crackers!
    11 Jan 2021 • 2 min read • 8 5
    Subscribe now Hey everyone, Welcome to my new Substack newsletter. If you subscribed to my old newsletter, everything should basically be the same with a few exceptions: 1. You can now view my entire ...
  • Lemon Tree Chess Pie
    04 Jan 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Happy New Year everyone! Boy, was that a shitshow. No, not 2020 (though that was one too)... our first few nights of 2021. Winston ate up a bunch of pie crumbs from the pie you see above and made hims...
  • Merry Christmas Borscht
    21 Dec 2020 • 2 min read
    Hey there you holiday revelers, I bet you've never heard the phrase "Christmas Borscht" before... that's probably because it's not really a thing. The truth is I made this borscht for Hanukkah (I pair...
  • Nancy Silverton's Epic Eggplant Lasagna
    14 Dec 2020 • 2 min read
    Hello my little elves, I've been cooking so much lately, writing this newsletter feels more like an intervention than a celebration. But celebrate we shall, especially when I tell you about Nancy Silv...
  • Miso Peanut Butter Cookies
    07 Dec 2020 • 1 min read
    Merry holidays, everyone! As you can see from the picture above, I've already started in on the holiday baking. These miso peanut butter cookies are the perfect thing for your Christmas cookie box (as...
  • The Blueberriest Blueberry Muffins
    30 Nov 2020 • 2 min read
    Hey everyone, I don't have any new blog posts for you this week, but I do have a newsletter chock-full of beautiful food... so why are you complaining? Take those muffins you see above: they're Smitte...
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