amanda hesser's cooking for mr. latte
kate recommended this book to me after listening to me rhapsodize about calvin trillin one afternoon--hesser is a food writer for the ny times, and this book is a collection of her essays from the ny times magazine, mainly focusing on her relationship with her husband as viewed through the lens of the kitchen. each chapter ends with some mouthwatering recipes, many of which i marked for the "to try one day" column. the firt half of the book, with unrelated chapters discussing eating out w/ jeffrey steingarten (who also blurbed the book), doesn't flow as well as the second, where hesser concentrates on her cooking experiences w/ family, friends, and her honey. hesser is an entirely personable writer, so each chapter is a delight to read, as well as an inspiration in the kitchen.