the Essential New York Times Cookbook

Amanda gave me one the Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century that she wrote hot off the press.  The book becomes available on Oct 25th.  I hugged the book like a treasured prize. 

Friday night I was home alone and I snuggled up with the book for about six hours.  I read every page as if it were a novel.  Not only is the book amazing with an incredible host of recipes, there is no doubt that this cookbook should be and will be part of everyone's kitchen library.

Each recipe has been tested over and over again.  There is a little history written up on each one.  Tips from Amanda that are helpful and hilarious at the same time.  She didn't miss a thing.  Each recipe is paired with others to make a meal.  At the end of the book there recommendations for entertaining.  Options for substitutions too. 

I am investing in Amanda's company Food52 and have got to know her over the past year.  The book is very Amanda.  She has crossed every t and dotted every i and probably went back at least five times to make sure that was the case.  She writes as if she is sitting right next to you telling the tale.  Her words are simple and elegant and funny at the same time.  For such a little person she packs a powerful punch. 

I would bet anyone that this cookbook becomes a household staple and home chefs bible for years and years to come.

Comments (Archived):

  1. bridgetwi

    Can’t wait for the cookbook and so glad to hear you are investing. It’s my favorite food site and I want to see it continue and expand!

  2. Tracey Jackson

    Go Amanda!!! I can’t wait to get one. Cover looks fab

  3. daryn

    I didn’t realize you knew Amanda or were an investor in Food52!I love her work, and the other day when Fred had his post about the different startups presenting at the pitch thing, I commented something along the lines of “I don’t know what makes Food52 different, but I’d invest in Amanda any day”. Glad that you did! It was also a huge thrill coming home last night and seeing a thank you comment from her on my blog.Looking forward to picking up the book.

  4. Gotham Gal

    Book is a must have! Looking forward to being involved with Food52.

  5. Gotham Gal

    I love the site too. What is it specifically that you love? I’m curious

  6. rachel

    feel like cookbooks have become so antiquated, excited to check this one out, written by someone connected to ‘this century’.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Agree with you on cookbooks but this ones worth it

  7. skysurfer172

    Awesome! Added to my Amazon list along with the Yolele cookbook (great Senegalese restaurant in Brooklyn).

  8. Susan Drescher

    I too love reading cookbooks like novels . . . got it from my mom. Where else do you get such a great selection of short stories, AND the pictures to go with them . . . and they so often arc like a great story – from appetizers to desserts!!! I just finished “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food” by Mark Bittman and Alan Witschonke. This one by Amanda Hesser reminds me of that one . . . study and substantial. Can’t wait for it to come out . . . my cookbook shelf is going to bust!!!

    1. Gotham Gal

      This book just pushed my shelf over the top.