I bought this book for my boyfriend after seeing it in a book store where I immediately found it very intriguing and impressive looking.
First of all, the book itself is a little work of (cooking) art; it is big, the cover feels really nice and luxurious while handling the book and the illustrations inside are both quirky and funny. It almost have a 'I-have-been-just-putting-my-favourite-recipes-places-to-eat-and-anecdotes-together-for-years' feel to it so it looks like a very private collection of the best of France and it's full of character.
What I find the best bit is that majority of the recipes are very simple, yet using quality produce and some relatively unknown ingredients or ingredients which I haven't seen being used in a recipe for years. I admit I don't know much about French cuisine but it strikes me as very delicate yet has homely feel to it (maybe because we used to eat marrow bone or tripe when I was a child:)) The pictures are very helpful as one can see what the end result is supposed to look like so it makes it all easier to decide which recipes to try out first.
My boyfriend loved the book and said it is most likely the best cook book he's ever seen and believe me, we have a full cabinet of them. He was especially intrigued by the 'egg chapter' which focused on cooking methods of eggs and had very charming recipes for soldiers to dip to your egg (with onions and comte cheese or sheep's cheese and chilli pepper).
As for myself, I absolutely love the desserts chapter as all of the recipes are really simple yet delicious ( I have made Clafoutis with cherries) and I cannot wait to try bake most of them, although I have always been scared of baking and only did my first attempt on it last Christmas.
Overall, I believe this is a book worth the buy, even if you decide to cook only a fraction of the recipes, it still is a stand out piece in our cabinet and actually makes a nice relaxing read as well.