Admittedly, I'm not a cookbook gal. I purchased this because I love Rachel and wanted to support her. But even it weren't for that reason, I truly would've enjoyed this book! It's more than a cookbook. It offers so many great hosting tips. Like, real ones that you can actually DO. My mom is a cookbook and hostess phenom. She started flipping through it the other day and fell in love. To dissuade her from stealing MY copy, I promised her one for Christmas. This is a great buy whether you're new to cookbooks or are an avid collector. Highly recommended!