This is an excellent cookbook geared for the openminded interested cook who takes pleasure in cooking with good whole local ingredients. It spans all levels of complexity and a wide range of foods and cuisine. My wife and I have found it most useful in learning how to make a lot out of very few simple ingredients we always have in our kitchen. We are meat eaters and wine drinkers. There is nothing "new age" or pretentious about this book. If you love food you'll love this book.