There are so many cook books on the market that it sometimes difficult to know where to start. I'm really glad I opted for this one. The introduction is a wee bit too gushy for me but if you can ignore that the recipes are great. There are a few that I would class as special occasion types ( maybe not daily ingredients, clams for example) but the majority are really family friendly, really tasty and don't take hours. They do remind me of recipes that I grew up with makes them even more enjoyable. I've had the book about 3 weeks now and have tried 7 or 8 of the main courses and about 4 of the sweets. All of which have gone down a treat. The only failure I've had was my fault and it was with the caramel which I over cooked and ended up with a cross between a gritty fudge / toffee!! I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone.