Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser

I'm on a food writing book reading kick.  Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser is an enjoyable read about Amanda's relationship with the man she calls Mr. Latte.  Amanda is a food writer for a newspaper, and she spends much of her time trying out new restaurants and flying around the world interviewing people who grow and harvest food, and most especially, cook it.  

The book follows Amanda and Tad's (Mr. Latte) courtship from their first blind date to their wedding day.  Most relationships have their rough spots, as two people who have different lives try to blend them together into one.  Amanda and Tad's is no different, starting with his preference for ordering a latte after dinner.  To Amanda and her friends, this is a big no-no!  Espresso only after dinner.  It seems silly, but is really a battle of wills between the two.  

I really enjoyed this book.  Not only are there recipes included at the end of each chapter, but it shows some insight into the world of foodies and the incredible food markets and shops around New York.  Amanda learns to lighten up, and appreciates all the good qualities of Tad, while Tad is just a great guy who's ability to stay calm and unruffled helps Amanda learn to relax and begin to enjoy the simple pleasures of cooking for family and friends.  

Since this book was written in 2003, I was curious as to what Amanda was up to in 2010.  She has a website, still writes food columns,  is still married to Tad, and has twins- a boy and a girl.  

If you're looking for a fun summer read about food, courtship, friends, and family, try Cooking for Mr. Latte.  It's a treat.

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