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My Favorite Restaurant in L.A. Right Now Is Botanica


There’s this notion that there’s an objective answer to the question, “Where’s the best place to eat in (insert city name) right now?

The Tomato Test


Why is it that there are things in this life that we KNOW are good for us and yet we don’t do them? Even if they’re easy?

Lots of Seafood Cooked in a Big Pot with White Wine, Tomatoes, and Chiles de Arbol (Plus: Tahini Halva Brownies)


Cooking seafood for a crowd has never been my forté. The first time that I did it, over ten years ago!

Teaching My Friend Jonathan How To Cook


The idea of me teaching someone how to cook a few years ago would’ve been pretty laughable. I am, after all, The Amateur Gourmet, not The Gourmet Who Knows Enough About Cooking To Teach Others How To Do It (try loading that into your browser).

My Roast Chicken Secrets Revealed


A year or two ago, I got rid of my roasting pan. Not because I’m anti-roasting pan, or because I needed the space, but because I realized that my roasting pan had a non-stick surface and that I’d been scratching it up with a metal spatula over the years and that there was a teensy, tiny chance I’d been exposing myself and my loved ones to carcinogens whenever I roasted a chicken and that we’re all going to die and it’s all my fault.

Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Campari Sorbet


I once wrote a post on here called Ten Things You Should Never Serve At A Dinner Party that was mildly controversial.

Introvert’s Rigatoni with Sausage and Broccolini


People who meet me are often surprised when I describe myself as an introvert. On the surface, I come across as outgoing, exuberant even, but secretly I find human interaction to be very exhausting.

Love Is Like A Frito Pie


I had some very special guests coming over this past Wednesday and so I spent the weekend before that trying to figure out what to make.

Everybody Loves Romano Beans


Recently on Twitter, someone named @Bobby Tweeted: “The worst writing online is those quirky 17-paragraph preambles recipe bloggers post before telling you what to put in your fuckin lasagna.” You might think that a Tweet like this (which has over 12,000 likes and 3,000 RTs) might enrage someone like me who spent over a decade of my life writing quirky seventeen-paragraph preambles before telling people what to put in their f-ing lasagna, but actually, I totally agree with this Tweet.

A Trip To Bologna By Way of Rossoblu in Downtown L.A.


My friend Toby spent a summer in Bologna during college and over the past few weeks (months?) he’s been talking to me about going to this new Italian restaurant in downtown L.A.

You Know You Want To Stir Ricotta Into Your Pasta


You’re going to start calling me a broken record on here. In fact, me saying that “I’m a broken record on here” feels like something I’ve said before.

Fun with Chiles


This will shock none of you, especially if you know me in real life, but I’m something of a wimp. Roller coasters?

Berry Blasted Oatmeal


There are two kinds of childhoods to have in America: the one where you’re allowed to have sugar cereal and the one where you’re not.

A Bold New Vision For My Cookbook Collection


Since you last knew me, I’ve developed a few food-related obsessions. The first one is plates. I collect vintage plates now on Ebay and Etsy and I have quite a collection (OK, here’s a peek on Instagram).

Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies


I know I’m late to the party with this one (the party being the “put tahini into your desserts” party) but I’ve also not been blogging for two years, so cut me some slack!

A Most Excellent Breakfast Taco


One reoccurring theme you’ll discover on Amateur Gourmet 2.0 is that I watch a lot of PBS cooking shows.

Saved By A Boston Shaker: A Perfect Lime Leaf Daiquiri


One of the best things about starting this blog again is the help that I get from you, my loyal readers.

A Week in New York with Meals at Pearl Oyster Bar, Mimi, Flora Bar, Daniel, Bar Bolonat, Union Square Cafe, Cafe Altro Paradiso, Hearth, and King


Craig’s in the middle of editing his new movie ALEX STRANGELOVE for Netflix (can’t wait for you to see it) in New York and though I planned to just stay in L.A.

A Story For The Weekend

I’m sitting on a bench in the West Village, waiting for Craig to finish editing, and since I have some time to kill I’m going to tell you a story about something that happened to me a few weeks ago.

The Time I Made A Lime Leaf-Infused Lime Daiquiri But Couldn’t Open The Cocktail Shaker


I’m a big fan of Simply Ming on PBS (in fact, I’m just a big fan of cooking shows on PBS in general).


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