I bought this because I love cooking with beans and wanted to acquire some more recipes. On this note the book certainly delivers, though not all the recipes contain beans! I've cooked Boston Mountain Baked Beans, Buttermilk Cornbread, Jamaican Beans and Rice, and Lumberjack Soup. The book contains over 175 recipes that are international in origin, spanning India, Mexico and New England.
Not all of the recipes are vegetarian and it's not immediately clear which are until you read through the ingredients. Generally the meats used are bacon or ham and alternatives are suggested.
A number of ingredients, for example teff flour, peanut butter chips don't seem to be available in the UK (or at least I don't know how to get hold of them). However I don't mind substituting ingredients and crossing my fingers for a good result. You will also need to acquire a set of US measuring cups (or use a small tea cup) but I find measuring ingredients in this way speeds up the cooking process. In addition, no photos are provided, but this did leave space for more recipes.
Those technicalities aside, I thought this was a lovely heart-warming cook book. It is written by Crescent Dragonwagon (!) and the writing is very engaging, with some recipe introductions running to a couple of pages, providing a historic and social context. Cartoons and line drawings are dotted throughout. I actually sat down and read it for about an hour when it arrived.