If You’re Going to Cheat on Us

Now I’m sure that our ES readers feel so completely satisfied with our coverage on all things food related that you don’t have the desire to check out other, less funny, less entertaining, less informative food blogs. But if you do, you may want to check out The Amateur Gourmet. Adam Roberts really nails the New York-gay-lawyer-Jew thing. Plus he makes some pretty great food.

Through my Express freelancing, I had the chance to gChat with the blogger behind the blog, who also is a published author and a new Food Network personality.

Check out our convo.

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  • BS March 31, 2008  

    amazing i’view gansie – everyone should read it – anyone have any guesses about exactly what swear words Anthony Bourdain was using here?

  • gansie March 31, 2008  

    thanks, BS!

    and if you don’t feel like guessing about the curses…

  • JoeHoya March 31, 2008  

    I love the fact that you used your gChat as the interview! Totally fits with the Express vibe, and it definitely reinforces the “Hey! This guy is a BLOGGER!” aspect.

    I’ve visited Roberts’ site a few times, but never really gotten sucked in like I have at other food-writing sites that shall remain nameless.

    Even so, I was excited to receive a copy of his “The Amateur Gourmet” book for the holidays. At just over 200 pages, it wasn’t exactly a huge commitment, so I found myself reading through it in less than a day.

    The writing was good, but I was hoping for something with a bit more depth. It definitely felt like he was trying to make the book accessible to as many people as possible, instead of catering toward the foodies who are likely to make up the largest part of his audience. On a scale of 1 to 5, I’d give it a “meh.”

  • gansie March 31, 2008  

    1 – i’m impressed that you can read an entire 200 page book in one day.

    2 – what are some other sound effects in your 1-5 scale?

  • JoeHoya March 31, 2008  

    1 = ugh!
    2 = meh.
    3 = umm…
    4 = huh.
    5 = hey!

    The 200-page length is deceptive – that includes recipes, and it doesn’t take into account the fact that there are fewer than 30 lines of text on each page. It’s a quick read – trust me.

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