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Book Title: Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship, with Recipes|
The author of the book: Amanda Hesser
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Reader ratings: 3.1
Edition: W. W. Norton & Company
Date of issue: December 31st 2003
ISBN 13: 9780393051964
Format files: PDF
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This book has been on my radar since it was published in 2003 but it wasn’t until this fall that I sought it out to read. And while I totally devoured it in less than a week, it seems by the GR reviews that I’m one of only a few people who found Hesser’s memoir palatable.
A young food writer for The New York Times, Hesser meets her future husband, Tad Friend, staff writer for The New Yorker, on a blind date. After much discussion about where they are going to meet, she quips the selected restaurant is “the Manhattan equivalent of an Outback Steakhouse.” He orders a Budweiser and puts Equal in his lattes. Some readers see Hesser as a snob, and I guess she and I are cut from the same cloth, as I, too, would raise a brow if this was my first introduction to a possible mate.
The book soon takes the reader through the courtship and ultimate marriage of these two people, with a lot of insight along the way. Anyone who cooks knows the protectiveness ones has over his/her kitchen, and I had to nod my head when she recounted Tad washing her dishes for the first time. And she also gives insight to her as a cook:tal
“I prefer the solitude of a kitchen; I like to hear the faint crackle as my knife slices into a fresh onion, to watch better and sugar meld into milky fluff as I wish. Sometimes I like to think; dream up travel plans, retrace my day or imagine an argument with my mother in which I win. I like to chop garlic, dice tomatoes, and carve chicken from its bones to relieve tension, just as someone else might go run a few miles.”
Hesser’s food writing is exquisite, as can be seen in the above quote, or whether it’s talking about her single cuisine, cooking dinner for her wedding party, or cooking with her grandmother. Besides Mr. Latte, we are introduced to her close group of friends, family, and now her extended family. Each chapter is peppered with recipes, all clearly written for the new and more seasoned cooks.
This was a wonderful look at a romance melded with food and I would take a second helping of anything Hesser writes.
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