Do you remember that episode of Seinfeld when Kramer gets a (fake) job at an office where he's working crazy hours (and has a briefcase full of crackers) - then his boss sits down with him to look over his recent work and the boss looks at it and goes, "I don't know what this is supposed to be..."? I could say that about this whole book.
This is not going to be an especially mean post, since I think it's great that he managed to write (and publish) something that I'm sure lots of (other) people (not me) will love. If anything, I'm a little blown away that I disliked it so intently. Remember when I was so excited to read it? What the hell was I basing that on? I'm going to assume I was basing that on his friendship with Mindy Kaling. I guess I thought that since her book was so good - well, maybe she would only surround herself with other great writers? I don't know. I hear how dumb that sounds.
Anyway, other than hating 99% of it - I did finish it. And here were my only favourite parts.
- "I have never understood flourless chocolate cake. Is flour such a bad thing? I mean, compared to the other things in a chocolate cake? Flour is probably the least unhealthy thing I can think of in chocolate cake. Is that supposed to be the point? That the whole cake is just all eggs and sugar and butter? And anyway, who cares? It's chocolate cake. We know it's not a health food. Use whatever ingredients you want. All it has to do is taste good. We don't need to know how you did it - just make it."
- The fact that he allotted an entire paragraph (and page) describing the typeface he used in the book. Man, I just loved that. Love type talk.
That's it. That's all I enjoyed. And that's pretty sad considering that first bullet point essentially sounds like a recycled and/or modernized version of a Woody Allen bit.
Booooooooo / 10