And, ok, these recipes probably are still over my skill level. But Nguyen Tran writes the whole thing in a way that feels very relatable, somehow. The book isn't just about the food at Starry Kitchen, an illegal underground restaurant he used to run out of his apartment with his wife. It's also about why he started it, what happened when it became huge (and was subsequently discovered by the health department, the various failures he had over the years, and his travels (including a hunt for the Tai Lei Loi Kei Macanese pork chop sandwich). So it's not just a cookbook. It's also a story, one that's pretty funny and kind of sad sometimes. It also has some really great photos of Tran going places and doing things in a banana suit.