PROFILE: Midtown Lunch’er “The Amateur Gourmet” (Plus another book giveaway!)
I am away in England for the week, so every day I’m turning over the site to a random Midtown Lunch’er. Today, I’m pleased to welcome Adam Roberts aka The Amateur Gourmet, and author of the new book “Amateur Gourmet: How to Shop, Chop, and Table Hop like a Pro (Almost)”. He doesn’t actually work in Midtown, but he eats here occasionally, and while he might not give you any good ideas for lunch’ing in Midtown, he is giving away copies of his book, which is a really fun read for anyone who likes eating…
Where in Midtown do you Work?: Midtown’s very own Park Slope. Ok, I don’t work in Midtown. But I’ve had lunch there before!
Favorite Kind of Food: I really like pasta and I really like dessert. I guess, then, you could say I love carbs. I’m the anti-Atkins.
Least Favorite Kind of Food: I like everything. But if I had to pick something, I’d say really stinky cheese… though even that is beginning to grow on me. Literally!! I need a doctor!
Favorite Place to Eat Lunch in Midtown: The best lunch I ever had in Midtown was at Le Bernardin—a $48 prix fix lunch of food so extraordinary, it made lunch look like dinner and dinner look like breakfast. Huh? But I know Zach doesn’t like these snobby high-end places, so for his sake I will mention Sapporo (49th btw. 6+7th) for excellent Soba noodles. (I don’t like Cafe Metro & Chipotle. Le Bernardin, I like. Especially when someone else is paying. -zach)
The “go-to” lunch place you and your co-workers eat at too often: I don’t have any co-workers. I work alone. And my go-to place is in Park Slope; why am I on your blog again?? (Um… I thought it was obvious? To give away free stuff to my readers… -zach)
Place you discovered thanks to Midtown Lunch: Hmmmm… the dark empty cavern in my soul?.
If you could work anywhere (just because of the lunch) where would it be and why? Purely for lunch purposes, I’d love to work in Paris. Baguettes with French butter; stews; macaroons, pastries…was this question limited to New York? (Definitely not. Although, lately a lot of Lunch’ers have been giving a lot of New York centric answers. Do I need to re-word this one? -zach)
And now… the reason Adam is here. Free copies of the “Amateur Gourmet: How to Shop, Chop and Table Hop Like a Pro”, a really fun and down to earth book for anyone who loves food, but has felt like an idiot at a restaurant, or trying to cook at home. Want one? Post your funniest story about an eating out mishap, or the time you screwed up a home cooked meal in the comments section. Obviously these stories will be from a long time, since I know all of you guys are food pros at this point. Best 5 take home a copy of the book.
And as always, if you want to be the next Profiled: Midtown Lunch’er, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org