Having lived ten years in Germany and married to a German who loves to cook traditional dishes from her homeland, this book is a big hit at our house. I find all my favorite recipes with their origins explained and we find new favorites every time we open it. The recipies are quite accurate and easy to follow. Most have photos so you can see how they are traditionally served. The photos and the historical information make this book fun to read and to cook with. The recipies are organized by regions, German states to be exact, and it has a nice index for searching by other parameters. It's a large format coffee table book that your dinner guests will enjoy, especially after some Shweinehaxe mit Rotkraut. Ein Prosit!