I can't lie; this book is small and pictureless, but I'd worked that out before I bought it. However, it's a wonderful collection of evocative food memories, background information and straightforward authentic recipes. There are one or two recipes which need obscure ingredients eg konafa pastry, but everything else is easily sourced in a medium sized supermarket.
It's a tiny bit frustrating that there's no index, but the book is divided into sections: mezze, savoury pastry, soups etc with 3-5 recipes in each so it is possible to leaf through to find or not find what you want.
If you're looking for a middle-eastern cookery bible with every dish imaginable, this is not for you. You'll need to buy something expensive. If you are happy with some good writing and approachable recipes to give a flavour of this cuisine then it's well worth the money.