This book is a feast for the eyes and the imagination! Not only do the recipes work but the photograhs and stories keep me looking through this cookbook over and over. I have owned this book for years and never tire of it. It seems to offer something new each time I open it. I am a pastry chef and have countless cookbooks and I can say without hesitation that this is one of my three favorites along with "Baking with Julia" and "The Cake Bible"