This cookbook was a gift for a bridal kitchen shower and a wonderful complement with my basket of gifts, i.e. cookbook holder, whisk, mixing bowls, etc. Since it was a gift, I did not try any of the recipes, but I did peruse. The book is filled with beautiful pictures of the food - featured across from the recipe. And although this is a large hardback book ... when laying flat on the counter it stays open to the recipe you want to prepare - important, if you do not have a cookbook holder. The future bride loved the book. I would highly recommend this book and Overstock.com.