Cooking is terrible, and food is often a massive pain in the ass. Eating is sometimes ok, sometimes a giant drag, and somehow still a thing that you have to do multiple times a day, which seems enormously unfair.
This book isn't going to teach you how to cook, or turn you into the kind of person who hosts effortless dinner parties, or make you more attractive and popular and interesting. At best, it's going to make it slightly more likely that you manage to eat something in the ten minutes between walking in the door and falling into the sweet embrace of the internet. I'm not joking—a lot of this can be done, start to finish, in ten to fifteen minutes. I resent thirty-minute meals because it feels like about twenty-eight minutes too long to spend on feeding myself.
If you're excited to get home from work and spend an hour cooking dinner, this isn't the book for you. If you really value authenticity, this isn't the book for you. If you literally only eat three foods and you're happy like that, this isn't the book for you. If you, like me, are tired and depressed and just need to get some food into your face once in a while, this is definitely the book for you. You should buy it. Maybe it'll help.
I also hate cooking!
And this book speaks to my soul. Even more, it makes me think that I could make a stir-fry thing.
There's a bit of cussin', because that's how the youngins of today roll. I also live on Twitter too much, despite being an Old, so I can cope, but you may not want to hand this to your 12-year-old without reminding them that while they know these words, don't use them at school. (If they don't know the words, then you have parent-child bonding over not saying them to adults till they're 18.)
Anyway! I heard about this book on Twitter, it was impulse-buy cheap, and I love it and have plans to experiment.