Having had my own copy for years, I gave this cookbook as a wedding present to a friend along with the ingredients for my favorite recipe (and some cash so they could stock their pantry.) It was a big hit. Her roasted eggplant dip is my go-to for a party pleaser and for whenever I have a little extra time to cook for myself. I've had this cookbook for years and keep going back to it. I also made the chocolate cake once: definitely more expensive than just buying a cake, but it was really good! And my sister loved the personal touch. Recommended.
Note: the recipes are very easy to make and not demanding or obsessive. Simple foods made with simple ingredients that are just delicious.