10/5/11 I'm enjoying this immensely so far; I feel like I'm sitting at the kitchen table with the author, reminiscing about wonderful meals with the best of friends. He has captured the essence of family meals, with a definition of family that includes those we choose to call family as well as those we were born with.10/11/11 I made the fudge marble pound cake at the end of the first chapter, and it was so tasty, rich, and buttery that two of us managed to devour half the cake in a Saturday. We just couldn't stop eating it! I look forward to trying more of these recipes. In the end, a thoroughly enjoyable read.