I'm crazy about this cookbook!!! I'm an avid home cook with an ever-growing cookbook collection (100+), but I always keep a stack of my go-to favorites right on the kitchen counter. This book is at the top of the stack. If you're the kind of cook who loves bold flavors, seasonal cooking, and simple techniques, this book is a must-have. I'm actually perplexed by the reviewer who said her recipes don't work. In my experience, they are always a slam dunk with my friends and even my sometimes-picky kids. I recently made the Chili-Coconut Braised Short Ribs for a dinner party and guests were raving like crazy. Others I've loved: Leek and Parmesan Gratin, Black Beans with Chorizo and Jalapeno, and the whole wheat pizza with tomatoes, olives, and tuna.