I expected the book to look good and it does. What I was more interested in was the quality of the recipes. I've found them original (not in a ground breaking way but imaginative takes on old favourites) and reliably good. I've owned enough recipe books to be wary of newcomers - there's nothing more frustrating than misjudged quantities, incorrect cooking time, cheaty ingredients. These recipes are fun to cook and delicious to eat. Bill's chicken Caesar has already become a staple (I've never had better), his slow cooked lamb, although slightly more complicated, is a great improvement on other versions I've tried and the marmalade flapjacks are gorgeous - not too sweet as is so often the case. Of course there are recipes I won't be tempted by but mainly I'm excited by the prospect of cooking my way through the book. An excellent addition to my collection!