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By Adam Roberts

12/12/12 What a thrill to be one of Eater’s 21 Essential Cookbooks and Food Books of 2012.

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12/11/12 SECRETS was featured in a wide variety of holiday gift guides. Here we go: The Christian Science Monitor (23 of the best new and upcoming cookbooks/food books for the holidays), Everyday with Rachael Ray (Print Version), Minneapolis Star Tribune (Books for Cooks), The Kitchn (15 Cookbooks from 2012 That Made Us Love Cooking More), VanityFair.com (Women’s Holiday Gift Guide), and 7X7 San Francisco (Print).

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11/25/12 Hear me on NPR’s Weekend Edition talking about mortars and pestles.

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11/21/12 The Daily Meal names SECRETS the #1 cookbook of the year with “an almost perfect score.”

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11/16/12 You might think I paid someone off to publish this review on The Kitchn, but I promise you I didn’t: “It’s difficult to fully explain how fantastic this book is without just putting it into your hands and pushing you into a comfy chair for the afternoon…[it] entertains, engages, and educates. Clear your schedule and make a cup of tea; you’ll want to spend some time with this one.”

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11/14/12 Chow.com has me pose for a funny picture and declares, “Together [the book's recipes] coalesce into a story about the astonishing range of American food, expressed through the diversity of the cooks themselves.”

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11/13/12 Here’s an extensive interview I did with Paula Forbes from Eater.com all about the book.

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11/9/12 Honored to be included in Epicurious’s Best Cookbooks of 2012. “[Roberts's] humor and everyman qualities have made him a success on the Web, and they come alive in the pages of his newest book.”

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10/24/12 A review from The Austin Chronicle is very flattering: “Roberts has a unique flair for adapting the recipes and cooking techniques of highly trained chefs and interpreting them for the home cook…This volume is loaded with gorgeous photographs, revealing stories, and actual cooking secrets from every chef (the title is no lie!).”

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10/23/12 Fine Cooking raves, “If you’ve ever dreamed of apprenticing in your favorite chef’s kitchen, you won’t want to miss this extraordinary book.”

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10/9/12 The city of Atlanta heralded my arrival with lots of nice press: like this piece by John Kessler in the AJC, this blog post by Bill Addison of Atlanta Magazine and this interview with Sonia Chopra of Eater Atlanta.

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10/1/12 Publisher’s Weekly offers up its review: “While some of these dishes may seem beyond the reach of amateur home cooks, Roberts argues just the opposite. As a self-taught cook, he aims to inspire confidence in the kitchen and encourage home cooks to expand their culinary horizons. No one could ask for a better group of instructors.”

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9/26/12 Here’s an audio interview I did with Michael Harlan Turkell on his Heritage Radio Network show “The Food Seen.” It’s the first time I really got to talk about the substance of the book since I finished writing it.

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9/14/12 The Wall Street Journal features SECRETS as a notable fall cookbook, saying “With fellow amateurs in mind, [Roberts] thoughtfully shares what he learned, including a perfect salad from Alice Waters and ‘the French onion soup of your dreams’ from Naomi Pomeroy in Portland, Ore.”

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8/23/12 The first real-world review of the book came in today, and it’s an incredibly kind STARRED review from Library Journal. “Finally, a chef cookbook that demonstrates sympathy for the novice! Highly recommended for home cooks who want to become less recipe-reliant.”

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7/10/12 Food52 flatters me with a post about the book, saying “you’ll want it on your shelf.”

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7/6/12 What a thrill to be part of Heidi Swanson’s favorite things on 101Cookbooks.com.

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6/25/12 Pioneering blogger Jason Kottke blogged about the book today, suggesting that I upgrade from Amateur to “Semi-Pro Gourmet.”

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6/11/12 The book got nice coverage today on EATER National, where I shared the full chef list and a few anecodotes from the book.

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