I live in AZ and gave this cookbook as a gift based on the word of a woman who is the best cook I know; she has used this cookbook for many years. I rated it four stars, because at this point, she uses it solely for the soup recipes, which she says are amazing and unbeatable. However, she said the rest of the recipes are not good. So, if you are looking for good regional southwest soup recipes, this is your book. For anything else, this book may be a waste of time and money.