This is definitely a must read! The photographs of real world people cooking and/or enjoying the rituals of sustenance and the devotion they put into it, and to each other. I have not tried the recipes yet, but have read them. Some are more 'truly homemade' for familiar recipes and some tempt or even dare you to try it! Definitely a conversation piece. Nothing in this book seems 'staged'.
If you are into the most authentic aspects of enjoying local cuisine, this is a must-have!!