the amusing introduction to this book, full of family anecdotes and bon mots, sets the tone very well. it's a fun read, each recipe prefaced with a little description of the dish. I've already cooked a few and found them simple to prepare and most importantly absolutely delicious!! I would definitely reccommend this book for anyone - I love cooking but even if I didn't, the 'with booze' aspect would definitely appeal! The recipes are mouth watering, and it's just the right size to dip in to without being too daunting. a real treat, not to be missed.