When I first picked up this book at the library I thought ‘hmmm..This looks cheesy and lame’ …to be brutally honest! But I’m so glad I disregarded those first impressions. This book turned out to be one of the most charming books I have read in a very long time. I could not for the life of me put it down. It was so captivating and vivid. You feel as if you are right there with Amanda Hesser living her chic life, eating oxtail in Rome. 🙂
I love how she tells her story about how her and Mr. Latte met and fell in love, but does it in a subtle, classy way making the dining events much more prominent. She describes cooking with her friends and family, dining abroad, dining in chic NY restaurants…places most of us only dream about. She does all of this in a very humble way.
This book is filled with amazing recipes to boot! Its so wonderful to see that this young girl has gone to professional cooking school and is writes about All of her experiences with food, even the not so pretty ones. I love how she is still willing to learn from her grandmother and does not take on a know-it-all attitude. She makes a point to describe every dining experience as a special occasion (even dining on an airplane is a special occasion of her!!!). This book has a great selection on recipes that the average cook can use. I can not wait to start cooking for it. This copy will be going back to the library but I will be purchasing one for a permanent place in my collection. This is a must read for any one with a passion for food.
A few recipes I will be making from this book…(errr after all the holiday food is GONE):
toasts with chocolate and fleur de sel
chocolate dump it cake
poached peach and almond tart
creamy risotto with Myer lemon
double good blueberry pie
polenta with marinated pepper salad
zucchini baked with herbs and tomatoes
This cook book has such an array of recipes. Anything from Quail eggs to the classic macaroni and cheese with a modern twist. Amanda Hesser has provided us with one charming book filled with all the great things you need in life; food, love, friendship, family all wrapped up in to one.