I’ve been a fan of the Amateur Gourmet for a long while. It’s funny that we both started blogging at around the same time. He started in Atlanta in early 2004. I started in Korea soon after leaving Atlanta in early 2004. Of course, my original blog was personal stuff primarily to inform my family regularly that I was still alive. The Food Journal was born in Fall 2005 (oh, we’re coming upon a birthday, are we).

This post is not about me. It’s about Adam Roberts, the Amateur Gourmet. He’s one of the most entertaining food writers of my generation, and I believe that his irreverent style — not in the Anthony Bourdain sense but more in the John Waters sense — has already changed the realm of food writing.

In short, the dude is freakin’ funny!

He goes off and sponges free truffle dinners from top class restaurants, makes musical ditties about frozen yogurt, and creates cooking videos using bulimic Barbie(tm) dolls.

And now he’s come out with a book–The Amateur Gourmet: How to Shop, Chop, and Table Hop Like a Pro (Almost)–which I don’t have in my hands yet but have purchased. The buzz is positive about it so far. And he, along with Clotilde, is the envy of the Wannabe Food Writers/Bloggers Club.

Adam himself is a very personable guy, even though I haven’t met him in person. We have corresponded by email a few times, especially when I did my mock up on him on this site. Even among his busy book tours (virtual and real) he has found the time to play me in a in a maddening game of “Scrabulous” on Facebook.

Final score:

Joe M 234

Amateur G 308

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