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Cooking For Mr. Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship, With Recipes by Amanda Hesser

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Notes about this book

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  • DKennedy on February 12, 2011

    A great read! Have already bought it for three of my friends. Try the white bolognese sauce and the salad dressing that is used in about 100 dishes. Both are personal favorites.

  • nomadchowwoman on January 05, 2010

    I love books that tell a story--in this case, of a courtship--through food. Good recipes, too.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Chicken roasted with sour cream, lemon juice and mango chutney

    • hirsheys on January 18, 2019

      This recipe is solid and unbelievably easy, but not something I'll make again. It's basically a less good (though much easier) version of Sultan's Delight - a family favorite similar to chicken divan. One major benefit - it's a pantry dish if you have chicken breasts in the freezer.

  • Almond cake

    • AKPatterson on August 29, 2017

      One of my staples. Improves with age. Great year round - embellish with seasonal fruit. Spring - macerated strawberries. Fall - Pears with light caramel.

  • Vanilla bean loaves

    • Kfaber on March 19, 2016

      Really rich and moist vanilla pound cake- my kids gobbled it up!

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Reviews about this book

  • Amateur Gourmet

    What I admired most about this book was Hesser’s fearlessness in portraying herself truthfully. By that I mean she doesn’t always come across as–well–likeable.

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  • Amateur Gourmet

    This was the first time I’d experienced recipes in the context of story and that notion, that recipes taste better when they have a context, is something I believe in very firmly today.

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  • ISBN 10 0393325598
  • ISBN 13 9780393325591
  • Published May 12 2004
  • Format Paperback
  • Language English
  • Edition New edition
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher WW Norton & Co
  • Imprint WW Norton & Co

Publishers Text

Now in Paper! Amanda Hesser's irresistible new book is the tale of a romance where food is the source of discovery, discord, and delight--a story of universal desires: good food, great company, and a mate.


At each stage of her courtship--from her first date with Mr. Latte (a near-disaster) to her first uneasy dinner at his parents' home, from intimate suppers in her Upper West Side apartment to his first attempt at cooking for her--Amanda supplies menus for the meals they share: more than one hundred well-balanced and well-seasoned recipes that will leave you satisfied yet wanting more.


With warmth and honesty, Amanda shares her feasts and foibles, triumphs and near-misses, tense encounters and good times in the kitchen and beyond. Her humorous, sensuous tale leads us date by date, recipe by recipe, to a jubilant conclusion.



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