I know, I know, I am the daughter of the author but I have to say something about the book. (Remember one can be objective about a family member). FIRST the quality of the food: I have been cooking a lot of these recipes - some for the past 15 years and they are something to be proud of! Really delicious and so easy. Exceptional recipes (which I literally dream about) include: lima bean & pea puree, the meat loaf, the split pea soup, the rice pilaf, the bourbon cake, the red velvet cake and the chicken fricassee. Just to name a few. SECOND the variety of foods and recipes: which is a tribute to the author and her life experiences and are truly diverse! Just look at how many cultures and countries are represented here. FINALLY, Tom Eckerle's photographs: which are exquisite and transforms the book into not only a well-worn cookbook but a "coffeetable book" as well. My hats off to you, mom. I'm proud of you. How nice of you to share with everyone.