About Me

Hi, I’m Adam Roberts, and I’ve been blogging here as The Amateur Gourmet since January of 2004.

At first, I started because I was a miserable law student in Atlanta desperate to find another career path. My early forays in the kitchen were often disasters: I grew up in a family where nobody cooked (my mom stored her pocketbooks and shoes in the oven) so I had a lot to learn at the beginning.

Books and TV

In 2006, I sold my first book of essays (also called The Amateur Gourmet) all about learning my way around the kitchen. That book led to my second book, a cookbook called Secrets of the Best Chefs, where I traveled the country and cooked with fifty famous chefs, including José Andrés, Alice Waters, and Lidia Bastianich.

Launch of Secrets of the Best Chefs at Eataly with Lidia Bastianich.

In 2011, my husband Craig and I moved to Los Angeles from New York. (Craig’s a writer/director who wrote and directed The Skeleton Twins and Alex Strangelove.) While here, I briefly pivoted into the film and TV space, writing for two seasons of the ABC sitcom The Real O’Neals.

What I’m Up to Now

In Fall of 2022, along with Tony-nominee Gideon Glick, I co-authored a book of Broadway-themed recipes called Give My Swiss Chards to Broadway. Since then, I’ve written for Eater, The Washington Post, and The LA Times. I host a weekly podcast called You’ve Got to Taste This and write a twice-weekly newsletter on Substack. I recently revived the blog as a hub for all of the recipes that I want to share.

This summer, Craig, Winston, and I are all moving back to New York. Excited to share our adventures here with you.

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