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Amateur Gourmet

The Amateur Gourmet is a funny food blog with recipes, restaurant reviews, food videos and more from the mind (and kitchen) of Adam Roberts.

Last Build Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:38:38 +0000


My Secret Blog

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 20:38:38 +0000

Hi Amateur Gourmet readers, I have a secret: I’ve been blogging behind your back. A few weeks ago, I started a blog using my own name: The idea is that I still write about food, just much more casually. Also, sometimes I write about not-food things. So far I’ve blogged some Chocolate Chip Cookie [...]

OK, I Lied: It Sucks To Cook After Work

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:34:35 +0000

Remember that time that I was a full-time food blogger? And I had the nerve to say things like: “You can cook after work! It’s easy.” Well I’d like to take that person, pin him against a wall, and say: “You have no idea what you’re talking about.” Because now that I have a full-time [...]

We Got Married (The Wedding Post)

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:27:35 +0000

I was never a wedding person. Growing up, I’d watch the wedding scene in The Sound of Music and fantasize about writing a great musical someday. The idea of walking down an aisle held very little appeal for me (even if there’d be nuns singing a slowed-down version of “How Do You Solve A Problem [...]

My New Career: T.V. Writer

Tue, 12 May 2015 17:39:18 +0000

Ok, it’s time to spill the beans: starting next month, I’m going to be a staff writer on the new ABC Dan Savage-inspired sitcom “The Real O’Neals,” starring Martha Plimpton! To say that I’m excited would be a profound understatement. The show, based loosely on Dan Savage’s life, is one of only three new comedies [...]

Quick Queso with Chorizo (and Other Tex-Mex Delights)

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:21:22 +0000

Sometimes it’s nice to cook for friends who favor a particular cuisine because it steers you in a new direction. Normally, I default to European/Mediterranean things like pastas and chicken with couscous and preserved lemon and stuff like that. My friends Jim and Todd (you know them!) are Tex-Mex fans and so, when I cooked [...]

On Cats and Gender

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:23:38 +0000

Hey folks, here’s an essay I wrote for Medium on Saturday called, “What My Cat Taught Me About Gender.” Check it out!

Let’s Go To A Chinese Supermarket!

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:52:49 +0000

Recently I became friends with an Amateur Gourmet reader named Peggy who works in T.V. out here in L.A. and who comes from a Taiwanese family. Over the course of our first lunch at Pizzeria Mozza, she casually mentioned that her family frequents the San Gabriel Valley (home of some of America’s best and most [...]

Rice Gone Wild, Salmon Adventures & The Night I Served A Pork Chop To A Vegetarian

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:52:50 +0000

Necessity is the mother of invention (its Baby Mama, if you will) and so it was that a few weeks ago I had carrots, onions, celery, and some Arborio rice on hand and because I didn’t feel like food shopping that evening, I set out to make a risotto with just water. I’ve told you [...]

Raspberry Ricotta Cake

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 20:49:09 +0000

You’ve heard of one-pot meals, but have you heard of one-cake desserts? That’s not a thing, but it should be. Here’s the idea: instead of an elaborate cake that you have to frost or decorate or slice in half, a one-cake dessert is one where a batter goes into a cake pan, the pan goes [...]

Artichokes: Just Boil Them

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:51:33 +0000

Ugh, artichokes. At some point, I espoused my philosophy–”Artichokes: Not Worth It”–and then slightly changed my tune when I stuffed them with breadcrumbs and cheese and baked them. That was in 2013. Now it’s 2015, and here I am in the kitchen with four artichokes that I bought at the West Hollywood Farmer’s market (sadly [...]