David Burtka says his cookbook is a & # 39; real portrait & # 39; of his life will be with Neil Patrick Harris and Kids

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The life of David Burtka with husband Neil Patrick Harris and the twins Harper and Gideon (8) is quite entertaining, so he decided to write his first cookbook, Life Is A Party: Deliciously Doable Recipes to turn Every Day into a party, to share his countless experiences. The book, which is on the shelves on April 16, is a spin-off from its 2016 Food Network special, Life is a party with David Burtka. "I never expected writing a book could be so much work, but I enjoyed it all," Burtka, 43, told Heineken Light Burger Bash at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival to PEOPLE.Burtka said that he got the best out of every moment during the long hours of writing the book."I am a control freak and wanted a piece of everything," he said. "I wrote everything, tasted the recipes six or seven times, helped with the styling of food and props, and spent even more time making sure the photos we used were perfect."RELATED: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka reveal their biggest cooking mistakesLife is a party is uniquely divided into the four seasons illustrated by 16 creative party themes with the use of seasonal products. There are four games per chapter and two games per season with 106 recipes and 260 photos."The book gives a glimpse into our world and how we enjoy ourselves," said Burtka, a chef trained by Cordon Bleu. "We show our lifestyle with the twins by carving pumpkins for fall, in the winter by parading the snow and sharing my secrets for throwing a great and unforgettable event." When Burtka entertains, he feels that the most important thing for his guests is to enjoy the moment and don't forget the party when it's over. "I show readers how to make their party special by designing a dazzling tablescape, mixing and matching dishes and ensuring that guests are surprised by a gift for returning home," he said. "I create moments to remember." Since Harris, Burtka & # 39; fully supported & # 39; and his vision of writing his book, working on a project in Vancouver, the author engaged his children to help test taste tests. & # 39; It was great fun, but the kids would ask me again & # 39; mandarin chicken? & # 39; and & # 39; how many different ways can we eat lemon seed, porridge? & # 39; "During the trial, there were a few potential disasters that Burtka could work to his advantage – like back then: "I pulled the kids out of school and let them drink hot chocolate on the snow-covered steps for a great photo," he said. Burtka, one of the best aspects of writing the book was photographing more photos than a reader would expect to find. "We shared our secrets while allowing readers to see a real portrait of our lives," he said.