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Nov 17, 2006 07:40 PM

Whither Amanda Hesser?

Where had Amanda Hesser been lately? She hasn't written much for the NY Times as far as I can see. Is she working on another book?

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    1. I was wondering as well. I have some really great recipes from her, and like her entertaining sensibility.

      Her chocolate dump-it cake and fleur de sel caramels have made me famous in my 'hood.

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      1. re: Kishari

        Yes, her recipes really do work. Where is her recipes for caramels? Sounds like something I'd like to try...

        1. re: Cakegirl

          Sorry, I forgot to check back on this one. It was a column called "The Way We Eat: free ranging" Dec. 2005. Sorry, I don't have it in Word to cut and paste here, if you like you can email me at and I'll scan it and send it to you.

      2. About a year ago now, maybe longer, there was a short squib in the NYTimes asking people who fondly recalled old Times recipes to send them in to Hesser for what I believe was to be a cookbook of oldies but goodies. She's still writing for the Times. In fact, I see that she's begun to reprint some of those old recipes. Here's the results of a Times search:

        1. She is pregnant with twins. Maybe she is taking a break.

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          1. re: Nuray

            No kidding. How did you find that out?

            I still see her byline in the NY Times magazine sometimes. She's usually reviving old recipes for the magazine's food page.

            1. re: SarahEats

              good luck to Amanda! I always thought she had quite a bit of talent but that embarrassing Mr Latte series killed my habit of reading of the sunday food column which I had opened eagerly every Sunday for 20+ years. Havent opened it since except randomly.

              1. re: jen kalb

                I cut her a lot of slack on the Mr. latte thing. After all, she was in love...

                1. re: micki

                  They werent as adorable to us as they were to each other, thats all. I know the NYTimes was encouraging this kind of personal writing at the time, but it just wasnt very interesting. It wasnt about food.

                  1. re: jen kalb

                    I really liked the book. In fact I used it for my book club one month. I had everyone make one thing from that book. It was a fun time.

                2. re: jen kalb

                  I always found her irritating, and the Mr. Latte thing really put the icing on that cake. Sorry, but when I am reading a food column, I want to read about food, not your goo-goo eyes. I was pretty relieved when she seemed to drop off the face of the earth.

                  1. re: travelmad478

                    me three . . . she seems to have driven more than a few of us away from NYT food writing.

                3. re: SarahEats

                  She was on Times on the Park last Fall interviewing a couple of Food TV Celebs and Daisy from Channel 13. They talked about it there...

              2. that mr. latte series made me want to gouge out my eyes. i stopped reading the sunday food column for many years because of her.

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                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  I agree that the Mr. Latte series was foul and cloying, and not helped by those syrupy illustrations that went along with it. God, I'm so glad that's over with.