Hungry Monkey

August 18, 2009

Matthew Amster-Burton’s debut novel is delightful. His accounts of life as a father and a family cook are thoughtful, honest and unfailingly hilarious. For those of you who didn’t think a man’s perspective on breastfeeding could be compelling, his first chapter will change your mind. He is refreshingly candid about the stress and sometimes danger of feeding a child, and he fends off parental anxiety with good humor and common sense. His recipes are uniquely designed for young eaters (and baby chefs) but adults will find them delicious. Amster-Burton is excellent at making you laugh, but he’s also man enough to tell you when a failed dinner made him cry. This book is a treasure for eaters of all ages.

- Dorothy Williams-Neagle

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