I have owned this book since 1995. I own lots of cook books..some of them just sit on a shelf after I browse through them. This book is falling apart because I use it so often. I have tried most of the recipes and they all work! The instructions are clear and to the point and the food looks just like the pictures. (In fact, any other "great" recipies I have stolen from friends are written into or stapled onto the pages of this book...so I know where to find them! To me that proves that I cannot live without this book!)
The recipes are grouped under occasions, but I mix and match them. There are also lots of tips for organising the event whether it be a wedding lunch for 150 or friday night dinner for 6. Buy it, its brilliant.