This book is by a Cordon Bleu trained chef, and the illustrations look it. Gorgeous meals, but would I really cook this stuff? For the most part, yes. Most of the recipes are simple, though when the author whips out her food processor and grinds her own meat, I don't really think the typical busy mom will follow! There are some recipes with ingredients I don't pick up by habit at the market, but nothing that isn't readily available. Definitely buy this book for "party food", if you want gorgeous meals or snacks to tempt a toddler. It probably won't be your everyday cookbook, though.