I love books that reinforce my own prejudices, and this book does so in spades. I love books that star people I know and like. I especially love books that make me laugh and follow my family around to read aloud to them. Amster-Burton strikes all the right notes in this memoir-cookbook hybrid. He's wryly hilarious and sweet without being treacly. His recipes are clear and readable and mostly appetizing, though I remain unconvinced regarding polenta. His loving, warm descriptions of his 4-year-old daughter may come back to haunt him when she's a teenager (Oh. My. God. Dad, how *could* you?) but it will have been worth it to the rest of us. Highly recommended for people who have ever had children or have ever been children.