Amos Burton’s Favorite Pasta!

“Amos made pasta and mushrooms, heavy on the garlic, heavy on the Parmesan. It was his favorite, and he always splurged to buy real cloves of garlic and actual Parmesan cheese to grate. Another small luxury they wouldn’t be able to afford if they wound up in a courtroom battle with Mars.”

(Abaddon’s Gate : 10 : Holden)

In the Abaddon’s Gate scene of the above quote, the Rocinante has accepted a documentary crew on board.  They are nosy, to say the least, and are attempting to get more information about Amos’ past. Their prodding almost sends him from the table, but Naomi calms him.  The meal then turns deathly quiet.

Sharing himself with the crew is hard enough.  Amos had opened up by preparing his favorite dish, with his favorite people, but was shut down by the outsiders ballistically demanding clarification of his past.

Amos Burton is the Rocinante’s Earth-born mechanic.  He’s not only very capable at fixing just anything but is also a brutal fighter.  Amos is a puzzle that begs to be solved. We know so little about him, yet we yearn to find out more.

We are very familiar with the ease in which Amos squeezes a trigger and the absence of remorse.  Of course, the violence takes center stage, so we miss subtle hints as to the way he thinks and feels.  It is easy to believe that he doesn’t care for anything or anybody.

However, Amos’ involvement in preparing food offers us little hints.

Amos seems to play a central role in the bringing together good food:  

  • Leviathan Wakes – Lasagna
  • Abaddon’s Gate – Real Garlic and real Parmesan cheese pasta
  • Nemesis Games – Buying REAL curried chicken

How does he use food to express himself?

Amos uses food to articulate his tender feelings towards the ones he loves: his crew and family on the Rocinante.  

He’d probably crack your skull open with a can of chicken before admitting to this.

But we can imagine a young boy growing up in a hell hole, trying to help those around him with the most basic of tool: food.   Take care of your tools, and they take care of you.

For Amos uses food as glue to bind him to the ones he loves because it’s difficult to verbally express himself.

Amos is such a complex character that makes the reader desire so much more explanation than what is provided.  Good job, Ty and Daniel! He plays down his need for closeness, but we can gather that he’s looking something else.  Love? Acceptance?


  • 250g of Pasta (I chose Pappardelle)
  • 100g ( about 4 Ounces) Sliced Mushrooms
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, 2 for the mushrooms and the other 2 for the pasta
  • 4-5 Cloves Garlic, Roughly Chopped
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cups of Grated or Shredded Parmesan Cheese


Add 2 tbs of butter and the mushrooms to a pan on medium heat.  Stir fry for 4 minutes or until nicely browned.
While the mushrooms are cooking, boil your pasta in salted water.
Before draining, take a ladle (1/4 cup of pasta water) and set to the side.
To the mushrooms, add the rest of the butter and the garlic.
When golden brown, add the pasta and water.
  Coat well and it’s done. Plate it up, and tear it up!

Until next time, Slow Zoners!

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