Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser
A Food Lover's Courtship, with Recipes

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Life in the city, love, and unforgettable meals—can a food writer find happiness with a man who has an empty refrigerator?

Amanda Hesser's irresistible new book is the tale of a romance where food is the source of discovery, discord, and delight—a story of universal desires: good food, great company, and a mate.

At each stage of her courtship—from her first date with Mr. Latte (a near-disaster) to her first uneasy dinner at his parents' home, from intimate suppers in her Upper West Side apartment to his first attempt at cooking for her—Amanda supplies menus for the meals they share: more than one hundred well-balanced and well-seasoned recipes that will leave you satisfied yet wanting more.

With warmth and honesty, Amanda shares her feasts and foibles, triumphs and near-misses, tense encounters and good times in the kitchen and beyond. Her humorous, sensuous tale leads us date by date, recipe by recipe, to a jubilant conclusion. 42 b/w illustrations.


About Amanda Hesser

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Amanda Hesser has been a food columnist and editor at the New York Times for more than a decade. She is the author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook, the award-winning Cooking for Mr. Latte and The Cook and the Gardener, and editor of the essay collection Eat, Memory .Hesser is also the co-founder of She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Tad Friend, and their two children. Illustrator IZAK's work frequently appears in advertising for Barneys and Henri Bendel.
Published May 17, 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company. 336 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Romance, Cooking, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Recipes, restaurant critiques, and food lore—all agreeably season New York Times food writer Hesser’s beguiling story of her two loves: food and the initially unpromising Mr. Latte.

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In her wonderful debut cookbook, The Cook and the Gardener, Hesser, a food reporter for the New York Times, followed a year in the life of the kitchen garden at Chateau du Fey in Burgundy, where she worked as a cook.

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They will genuinely like Amanda and Tad, and will be satisfied when they're finished reading the book, both from the romance and the "food" for thought.

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Entertainment Weekly

Hesser starts with a fine idea, mixing memoir and recipes to ask a tantalizing question: Can a hardcore foodie love a guy who uses Equal and likes to drink lattes after dinner?

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