I'm sure I would enjoy eating Michael's food. I'd probably like him as a person. As an author (insofar as I can call him one, since I think someone else did the actual writing) not so much. "Local ingredients, simply prepared" makes for good food, but not exciting recipes. Most of the dishes he describes are familiar and straightforward, without unusual techniques or flavor combinations. And that's assuming the ingredients he suggests are available locally where you live, which is a big if.