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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!

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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.

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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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