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Are you a person who loves to cook but every now and then you screw up? You've come to the right place! Since 2004, Adam Roberts (aka The Amateur Gourmet) has been writing about his adventures and misadventures in the kitchen. He's the author of three books (including the upcoming Broadway cookbook, Give My Swiss Chards to Broadway), a contributor to the L.A. Times and The Washington Post, and the writer of a biweekly newsletter for Substack. Each week on The Amateur Gourmet podcast, there's a theme, interviews with famous chefs, writers, actors, and cookbook authors all about cooking and eating and everything in-between. Subscribe and join the fun!
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The Amateur Gourmet Podcast Adam Roberts

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    • 4.8 • 322 Ratings

Are you a person who loves to cook but every now and then you screw up? You've come to the right place! Since 2004, Adam Roberts (aka The Amateur Gourmet) has been writing about his adventures and misadventures in the kitchen. He's the author of three books (including the upcoming Broadway cookbook, Give My Swiss Chards to Broadway), a contributor to the L.A. Times and The Washington Post, and the writer of a biweekly newsletter for Substack. Each week on The Amateur Gourmet podcast, there's a theme, interviews with famous chefs, writers, actors, and cookbook authors all about cooking and eating and everything in-between. Subscribe and join the fun!
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    Weeknight Dinners with Melissa Clark

    Weeknight Dinners with Melissa Clark

    Everyone's favorite cookbook author and NYT columnist, Melissa Clark, is back on the pod to talk all about that tricky old subject: weeknight dinners. With her brand new cookbook, Dinner in One, Melissa proves that it takes just a few flourishes to turn a humdrum meal into something special. Today we talk about Thanksgiving on a sheet pan (!), how to do the dishes, parenting a picky child, how her cookbooks sank to the bottom of the ocean, cleaning clams, washing lettuce, and how she'd tackle roast chicken in a Best Roast Chicken of All Time contest.
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    • 46 min
    Food and Fatherhood with Jonathan Melendez

    Food and Fatherhood with Jonathan Melendez

    Jonathan Melendez is a chef, food photographer, and the creator of the blog The Candid Appetite. Recently he's started the biggest job of all: he and his partner Julian (I met them both last year at a Christmas party) are the proud parents of a newborn baby boy named Theodore. How has fatherhood changed his cooking habits? What kind of relationship does he want Theodore to have to food and cooking? What role does culture play into all of this? Join us for a hearty, heartfelt conversation about fatherhood and food.
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    • 54 min
    A Broadway Cookbook with Gideon Glick

    A Broadway Cookbook with Gideon Glick

    I've been cooking along to show tunes since I first started cooking twenty years ago... so imagine how excited I am that the Broadway cookbook that I cowrote with Gideon Glick (star of Spring Awakening, Little Shop of Horrors, and a Tony nominee for To Kill a Mockingbird), Give My Swiss Chards to Broadway, is coming out this October 4th! Gideon actually received his copies in the mail a few days ago (mine are on their way) and so I had to invite him on the podcast to talk all about our cookbook, how we came up with the idea for it, how we wrote it, and which recipes and puns are our favorites. We also dive into Gideon's career: learning about his first professional acting gig at seventeen (costarring with Cynthia Nixon and Ethan Hawke), the fiasco of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, being part of the phenomenon that was Spring Awakening, and transitioning into film and television. It's a great talk and only 2% of it feels like QVC, I promise.
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    • 49 min
    The Cookbook Biz with Andrea Nguyen

    The Cookbook Biz with Andrea Nguyen

    Andrea Nguyen ís the prolific author of eight cookbooks, including Vietnamese Food Any Day, The Pho Cookbook, Asian Tofu, and The Banh Mi Handbook. She's also the co-host of a brand new podcast called Everything Cookbooks where she, along with her co-hosts Molly Stevens, Kate Leahy, and Kristin Donnelly discuss the ins and outs of the cookbook publishing world. That's the very subject of today's talk -- the cookbook biz! -- and Andrea lays out how she got her start, how she keeps getting books published, when to self-publish, how you support yourself (spoiler alert: you don't!), and lots more. So if you've ever thought about publishing a cookbook, or just like collecting cookbooks and want to learn more about how the sausage is made, this is the episode for you.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Cooking Who You Are with Chef Vishwesh Bhatt

    Cooking Who You Are with Chef Vishwesh Bhatt

    When Chef Vishwesh Bhatt started serving his Indian-inflected Southern food at SnackBar in Oxford, Mississippi, the food world was so dazzled, the James Beard committee nominated him for Best Southern Chef five times before he finally won in 2019. His new book, I Am From Here, captures what makes his cooking so original and specific to him and his journey from Gujarat India to the American South. In today's conversation, we get at the heart of his idiosyncratic cuisine -- from cornbread infused with curry leaves and chilies to his signature dish, okra chaat -- and how it reflects who he is as a person as his identity has shifted along with his geographical location. It's a deep conversation with a thoughtful chef and it'll make you very, very hungry.
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    • 55 min
    Gays Who Love Food with Grossy Pelosi

    Gays Who Love Food with Grossy Pelosi

    What's it like to be gay and to love food? Today's guest Dan Pelosi (aka: Grossy Pelosi) knows a little something about it. Having grown up 3/4ths Italian (the other 1/4 is Portuguese), Dan had food foisted on him at a young age. But how did he reconcile that with the body-obsessed gay-culture that he became a part of once he got older? It's a similar issue for me having grown up in a Jewish family where skipping a meal was more alarming than getting a fake ID (my mom actually made me get a fake ID, but that's a story for another time). So today's discussion is very candid, emotional, and honest -- tackling a taboo subject that very few of us talk about in the food world: body image vs. being able to enjoy food without feeling shame. Plus: learn about Dan's internet stardom, which Portuguese dishes he loves the most, and how he runs his growing empire.
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
322 Ratings

322 Ratings

JackieD164 ,

Great Interviews

I was happy to find Adam back focusing on food over the last year. I have especially been happy listening to him interview a variety of different people here. Lunch Therapy is an interesting but maybe challenging concept and Adam genuinely makes it work. His skills drawing out his guests are pretty amazing and seem innate. Listening to Adam is my new favorite thing to do while exercising.

sameoldsteph ,

Great therapy!

I love Adam’s podcast. His slightly off kilter and irreverent sense of humor really resonates with me as does his interest in all things food related. I am just now taking a look back on this absolute treasure trove of episodes. Thanks for these!

dragonfly270 ,

Entertaining and funny!

Great podcast! Been following Adam Roberts for a while but just started listening to the podcast. Already learning lots. And just as fun and witty as his Blog and newsletter.

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