I've gone from completely ignorant to very successful in pairing wines with food simply by using this book. I've owned it for 3 years, and frequently bring it with me to my wine shop before a dinner party. It mystifies me that a couple of anonymous reviewers say the book isn't of use to Americans. If you ever eat barbecued spare ribs, Thanksgiving turkey, or Boston clam chowder, all of which are featured in the "classic combinations" section, or pizza, roast chicken, scrambled eggs, frankfurters, stir-fry, prawns, leg of lamb, roast beef, asparagus, cauliflower w/cheese sauce, chile con carne, or corn on the cob (and I could go on) which are all in the quick reference section, or anything steamed, fried, stewed, grilled, roasted, with a sauce, or cooked with wine, which are included in the section on how cooking methods relate to wine choices, or foods that are sour, salty, or sweet, or have tomatoes, olives, eggs, cheese, mustard or citrus fruit which are covered in the "Principles" section, you can find just about all you need to know about matching what you're cooking and eating to a harmonious wine.
I've found the two final, easy-to-use, quick reference sections that alphabetically list many foods with suggested wines, and many wines with suggested foods, worth the price of the book alone, and I've practically worn them out. Most importantly, Ms. Simon's taste is impeccable, with common dishes or hard-to-match ethnic foods from around the world that don't have a classic match. I even got a match for my Thai Massaman curry take-out! As the recommendations are keyed to the grape and style of the wines (say, unoaked Chardonnay), not to specific vintages or labels, they remain useful over the years for the gourmet or the wine retailer. The book also went over very well as a gift to a sister foodie. Thank you, Joanna Simon.