When I first bought this book in 1984, I found it to be an excellent reference book for Tex-Mex style cooking. There is a wonderful collection of creative recipes from salsas and beverages to soups, main dishes and desserts. I find myself referring back to this book time after time, with the end result being empty dishes (and that is a good thing!) I would recommend the book to all new brides, for their pantry reference. I plan on replacing my old, stained and dog-eared copy!